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Table of Contents

  • Overview Local Government Elections and timeline
  • Enrolling to Vote
  • Refreshing the Voters Roll
  • Upcoming Events

In South Australia, council elections are held every four (4) years for all 68 councils except the Municipal Council of Roxby Downs, which operates under its own administration. The most recent periodic council elections were held in November 2014. The next council elections will take place during November 2018 and will be conducted by the Electoral Commission of South Australia (ECSA).

A quick reference timetable has been released by the Local Government Association (LGA) of South Australia (2018 Council Elections Quick Reference Timetable). Key dates are as follows:-


2018 Council Elections Quick Reference Timetable
Roll Close Friday 10 August 2018 (5pm)
Nominations Open Tuesday 4 September 2018
Nominations Close Tuesday 18 September 2018 (12 Noon)
Mail out of Voting Material Monday 22 - Friday 26 October 2018
Close of Voting Friday 9 November 2018 (5pm)
Counting of Votes Saturday 10 November 2018

Further information (i.e. responsibilities, enrolment, voting, eligibility etc.) regarding local government elections can be obtained from the ECSA and the LGA, website links as follows:-


Enrolling to vote

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 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 at www.lga.sa.gov.au/councilelections

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

                                                                       Sole Owner            Body Corporate            Group Owner

Refreshing the voters’ roll

Under the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, there is a requirement to purge the council supplementary roll on 1 January of every election year. All landlords, business lessees and resident non-Australian citizens are removed from the council voters roll (with the exception of City of Adelaide) and must re-enrol to be able to vote.

If you have been removed from the roll under these provisions you must re-enrol before the roll close deadline on Friday 10 August 2018, otherwise you will not be able to vote in 2018 elections.

For More information please visit the Local Government Association

Upcoming Council Election Events

So you want to be on Council?

Event Type: Awareness Event
Event Focus: Information Sessions
Event Reach: All
Event Scope: Local Community
Dates: 28/07/2018 to 28/07/2018
Start Time: 9:30 AM
End Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Local Government House
Ground Floor, 148 Frome Street
Adelaide SA 5000

For: Individuals interested in standing for election on council

Duration: 1/2 day

Delivery: face2face; webinar; regional; in-house; do-it-yourself


Saturday 28 July 2018

9.30am – 12.30pm Local Government House.

Tuesday 31 July 2018

6.00pm – 9.00pm Local Government House.

Regional and in-house training available during July & August 2018.

Description: This session will overview what it means to be a council member.

It will include 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 election          

This information is available in the following languages;




Chinese - Traditional


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