Council Elections 2018


Unlike State and Federal elections, it is not compulsory to vote in South Australian council elections. However, council elections are the biggest single voluntary civic participation activity in the state with nearly 360,000 people voting in the 2014 council elections.

Another important difference from State and Federal elections is that all voting in council elections is done by post. Enrolled voters receive a voting package through the mail and return their votes in a reply paid envelope.

Key Dates

Roll close

5pm Friday 10 August 2018

Nominations Open

Tuesday 4 September 2018

Nominations Close
12 noon Tuesday 18 September 2018
Mail out of voting materials
Monday 22 - Friday 26 October 2018
Close of voting
5pm Friday 9 November 2018

Legislative Framework

The rules for local government elections are set out in the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, an act of the South Australian Parliament. To view the Act go to


Nominating as a candidate for election

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. Map of the District available here.

If you are interested in representing the people of your community on council, the Electoral Commission of SA and the LGA(SA) provide a range of resources to help you understand the role and responsibilities of being a councillor. Please click on this link 2018 Council Elections for further information.

Nomination kits are now available from Council.  Completed nominations can only be accepted by Council from 4 September to 12 noon 18 September 2018.

Free ‘Make a Difference - Nominate for Council' training available at Local Government House

Book online here


Candidate Information Session

Council will be conducting a free candidate information session at the Local Government Centre on Wednesday 5 September 2018 at 7.00pm.  To register please complete the form below.

* Mandatory Field

Candidate Registration
Candidate Full Name*
Candidate Contact Number*
Candidate Email*
If you see this, leave this form field blank.

Voting in the 2018 council elections

Voting in council elections is done by post.

If you are on the state (House of Assembly) electoral roll or have completed a 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.


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