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Council Elections

Local Government Elections

Councils are part of the democratic framework of Australia and the community gets the chance to elect its Council Members every four years. The next periodic Council Elections will happen in November 2022.

Local Government elections provide an opportunity to elect representatives who aspire, through the decisions they will be empowered to make on behalf of the community, to contribute to effective local government.

Unlike State and Federal elections, it is not compulsory to vote in South Australian council elections and all voting is done by post. Enrolled voters receive a voting package through the mail and return their votes in a reply paid envelope.

The rules for elections are set out in the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 an act of the South Australian Parliament.

2022 Councils Elections Timetable

  • Roll Close - 5pm, Friday 29 July 2022
  • Nominations Open - Tuesday 23 August 2022
  • Nominations Close - 12noon, Tuesday 6 September 2022
  • Mail out of voting materials - Friday 14 October 2022 - Thursday 20 October 2022
  • Close of voting - 5pm, Thursday 10 November 2022
  • Scrutiny and Count - 9am, Saturday 12 November 2022

Election Signs

As a result of the Local Government Review Act, ‘electoral advertising posters’ relating to local government elections are now prohibited “on a public road (including any structure, fixture or vegetation on a public road)."

Consequently, corflute elections signs cannot be affixed to stobie poles, traffic signs, trees, etc along a public road. The maximum penalty is $5,000. Council authorised officers are entitled to enforce this section of the Local Government Act 1999.

Council has amended the Election Signs - General Approval Guidelines to reflect the amendments. A copy of these are provided below:

Council Election External Website Information

How the Elections Work

All Local Government elections are conducted using the counting system known as proportional representation. A candidate is elected when a quota or predetermined proportion of the total number of formal ballot papers cast is obtained.

To find out more about the elections and how the voting system works, visit the Electoral Commission SA's Council Election Fact Page.

Council Election Accessible Resources

The Electoral Commission SA (ECSA) works closely with a range of community sector partners to ensure all South Australians have the information they need to understand and vote in council elections.

Please visit their website for more details of the types of resources and assistance available

(NOTE: The content can be downloaded on any browser except Internet Explorer).

Authorised by Tony Harrison, PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046.