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Council Elections overview

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 2026.

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.

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 Park Holme South Australia 5043