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Council Elections

2018 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 Council Elections will happen in November 2018.

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.

Key Dates

2018 Councils Elections Timetable

  • Roll Close - 5pm, Friday 10 August 2018
  • Nominations Open - Tuesday 4 September 2018
  • Nominations Close - 12noon, Tuesday 18 September 2018
  • Mail out of voting materials - Monday 22 - Friday 26 October 2018
  • Close of voting - 5pm, Friday 9 November 2018
Voters Roll

The voters’ roll for council elections consists of two components – the House of Assembly (State) roll, and the council supplementary roll. If you are on the House of Assembly roll you will automatically receive a voting pack mailed to your registered address. If you have moved house or changed your name, you need to complete a new enrolment form, available at your local Post Office or online through the Electoral Commission SA website ( If you are not enrolled on the House of Assembly roll you may be eligible to register on the council supplementary roll if:

  • You have been resident at your current address for one month and are not on the State Electoral Roll
  • You are a sole owner/occupier of rateable property
  • You are NOT an Australian Citizen but you have been a resident at your current address for one month
  • You are a landlord for rateable property
  • You are an organisation/business owner or occupier of rateable property
  • You are a group of owners or occupiers of rateable property

Enrolment for the 2018 council elections closes at 5pm on Friday 10 August 2018.

Re-enrol to vote

Under the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, there is a requirement to purge the council supplementary roll on 1 January of every election year. All landlords, business lessees and resident non-Australian citizens are removed from the council voters roll (with the exception of City of Adelaide) and must re-enrol to be able to vote. If you have been removed from the roll under these provisions you must re-enrol before the roll close deadline on Friday 10 August 2018, otherwise you will not be able to vote in 2018 elections. See below for the types of forms available to download. Submit your enrolment form to: Chief Executive Officer City of Marion PO Box 21 Oaklands Park  SA  5046 Via email Or in person at the Administration Centre, 245 Sturt Road, Sturt. If you are a Resident not on the State Electoral Roll or a Sole Owner or Sole Occupier, complete Form 1. (Use this application for Enrolment when owner or occupier is a person). 

If you are a Business or Organisation Sole Owner or Occupier (Body Corporate) complete Form 2. (Use this application for Enrolment for a Body Corporate, a designated person is required to vote on behalf of the body corporate.)

If you are a Group of Owners or Occupiers (Body Corporate) complete Form 3. (Use this application for Enrolment for a property owned or occupied by more than one person and/or business/organisation. A designated person is required to vote on behalf of the Group.)

Enrolment for the 2018 council elections closes at 5pm on Friday 10 August 2018.

2018 Council Voters Roll Application Forms

Nominating as a Candidate

Most people who are on the council voters roll can stand for election.

Becoming a councillor is one of the most direct ways that you can influence decisions that affect the quality of life in your local area.

If you are interested in representing the people of your community on council, the Electoral Commission of SA and the Local Government Association (LGA SA) provide a range of resources to help you understand the role and responsibilities of being a councillor.

With very few exceptions (such as being an undischarged bankrupt, or being disqualified from holding office by a court order), you can nominate for a position on council regardless of qualifications, religion, race, gender, experience or profession.

In fact, councils actively encourage nominations from people from diverse backgrounds to ensure that a wide range of views are being represented.

The LGA (SA) and local councils will also run information seminars for candidates during July and August 2018. Details of seminars in Marion and nearby will be available on this website.

Nomination process

Nominations for the 2018 local government elections open Tuesday 4 September 2018 and close Tuesday 18 September 2018 at 12 noon.

During this time, you must complete and lodge a nomination form which will be available from your council and other advertised locations.

You will also be asked to lodge a 150-word candidate profile and a ‘head shoulders’ photograph which will be published on a candidates’ website.

 You should refer to the 2018 candidate resources for more information about the nomination process and requirements once they become available from July 2018.

Candidate resources

The City of Marion and local councils will be running FREE training sessions for individuals interested in obtaining further information prior to nomination.

The City of Marion session will be run from the Council Administration Building, 245 Sturt Road, STURT:

  • Monday 3 September 2018 from 7.00pm to 9.00pm

The sessions will cover the following topics:

  • The role and functions of a Council
  • Relationship between Councils and other spheres of government
  • Role of an Elected Member
  • Allowances and expenses
  • Legal responsibilities
  • How elections are conducted
  • Eligibility and the process of nomination
  • Campaigning for elections

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Governance Department on 8375 6641.

Candidate Information Sessions being held in surrounding Council areas:

  • Monday 27 August, 6.00pm at the City of West Torrens Council Office (165 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton). Contact the LGA to book
  • Tuesday 28 August, 7.00pm at the City of Unley Civic Centre (181 Unley Road, Unley). Phone: 8372 5111
  • Thursday 30 August, 7.00pm at the City of Onkaparinga Noarlunga Office (Ramsay Place, Noarlunga Centre). Phone: 384 0747
  • Monday 10 September, 7.00pm at the City of Mitcham Mayor's Parlour (131 Belair Road, Torrens Park). Phone: 8372 8888

Prospective candidates can attend any of the information sessions however, nomination forms must be presented at the office of the Council for which the candidate is nominating or at the Electoral Commission SA office.

Additional candidate resources and material will be made available on our webpage as it becomes available.

Download candidate resource booklet

Election Signs

These Guidelines operated to provide a general approval to authorise the placement or affixation of moveable signs, advertising candidates for election, on a road or onto infrastructure on a road.

2018 Council Election External Website Information

Ward structure

A total of seven elections will be held within the City of Marion in the 2018 elections; one for the Mayor and one for each of the six wards.

Information about current wards and boundaries


Voting in council elections is done by post.

If you are on the state (House of Assembly) electoral roll or have completed an enrolment to join the supplementary roll, you will receive a voting pack in the mail in late October 2018.

The ballot paper in your voting pack will show the candidates standing for election in your council ward. To find out more about each of the candidates and what they stand for go to the council elections candidates website, then complete your ballot paper and return it in the reply paid envelope.

Votes must be received before 5pm Friday 9 November 2018.

Get involved and make a difference Local democracy is an important feature of life in Australia, and councils have a far greater influence on communities than most people appreciate.

Make a difference by participating in your council election.

How the Elections Work

All Local Government elections are conducted using the counting system known as proportional representation. In summary, 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.