Caretaker Period
City of Marion observes caretaker conventions related to the upcoming Council Election. During Caretaker Period, we will apply our Caretaker Policy while continuing the business-as-usual operations of the organisation.
Caretaker Policy
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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 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 Close5 pm, Friday 29 July 2022
Nominations OpenTuesday 23 August 2022
Nominations Close12 noon, Tuesday 6 September 2022
Mail out of voting materialsFriday 14 October 2022 - Thursday 20 October 2022
Close of voting5 pm, Thursday 10 November 2022
Scrutiny and Count9 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.