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.
2022 Council Election key dates
|Roll Close||5 pm, Friday 29 July 2022|
|Nominations Open||Tuesday 23 August 2022|
|Nominations Close||12 noon, Tuesday 6 September 2022|
|Mail out of voting materials||Friday 14 October 2022 - Thursday 20 October 2022|
|Close of voting||5 pm, Thursday 10 November 2022|
|Scrutiny and Count||9 am, Saturday 12 November 2022|
The rules for elections are set out in the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 an act of the South Australian Parliament and requires all Councils to prepare and adopt a Caretaker Policy to govern the conduct of the Council and its staff during the election period of a general election.
Council reviewed and adopted its Caretaker Policy on 8 March 2022. A copy of the Policy can be found below:
For further information please see our Elections FAQs or visit the Electoral Commission of South Australia’s website.
Authorised by Tony Harrison, PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046.