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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.

Supplementary election – Woodlands Ward

A supplementary election will be held to fill a vacancy in Woodlands Ward following the resignation of a Councillor.

The election will occur in December with the successful candidate’s term due to expire in November 2022.

Local government elections provide an opportunity to elect representatives who aspire to make their community a better place to live.

Unlike state and federal elections, it is not compulsory to vote in council elections. 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 community is encouraged to have their say on the future of the city by voting in the election.

Here is some information about the upcoming supplementary election:

Key Dates

Roll close

5pm, Monday 30 September 2019

Candidate Briefing Session6.30pm, Wednesday 23 October 2019 (Council Chambers, 245 Sturt Road, Sturt)

Opening of nominations

Thursday 24 October 2019

Nominations close

12 noon, Thursday 7 November 2019

Dispatch of ballot material to electors

Tuesday 19 November 2019 to Monday 25 November 2019

Close of voting (Polling Day)

12 noon, Monday 9 December 2019

Scrutiny and count

Monday 9 December 2019

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 for Woodlands Ward 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 2019 Supplementary election – Woodlands Ward closes at 5pm on Monday 30 September 2019.


Nomination process

Nominations for the Woodlands Ward Supplementary election open Thursday 24 October 2019 and close 12 noon Thursday 7 November 2019.

During this time, you must complete and lodge a nomination form which will be available from the Council Administration Building.

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 candidate resources for more information about the nomination process.

Nomination Kits are NOW AVAILABLE from the Council Administration Building, 245 Sturt Road, Sturt.

Nominations Accepted

The following nominations have been accepted by the Electoral Commission of SA. The list of nominees is displayed Ballot Order.

  • MILLER, Ian
  • THOMPSON, Julian
  • VERRALL, Franklin Charles
  • MIDZI, Jaison
  • LITHGOW, Kirsty
  • TAYLOR, Matt
  • MASON, Sasha
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:

  • Wednesday 23 October 2019 from 6:30 pm

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.

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

Election Signs

These Guidelines operate 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.

Council Election External Website Information

Ward Map - Woodlands


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 November 2019.

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 12 noon Monday 9 December 2019.

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.

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 Adrian Skull, PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046.