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Council Elections

The community elects their Council Members (including the Mayor) every four years and the next general elections will take place in November 2018.

Under the Local Government (Elections) Act, the Electoral Commissioner of SA (ECSA) is the returning officer for all Council elections. Find ECSA information at www.ecsa.sa.gov.au/elections/council-elections-home   

Key dates for the 2018 local government election

 2018 council elections timetable

 Roll close

 5pm, Friday 10 Aug 2018

 Nominations Open

 Tuesday 4 Sept 2018

 Nominations Close

 12 noon, Tuesday 18 Sept 2018

 Mail out of voting materials

 Monday 22 - Friday 26 Oct 2018

 Close of voting

 5pm, Friday 9 Nov 2018

Interested in becoming a Councillor?

Generally anyone who is over 18 years old, an Australian Citizen and on the voters roll can stand as a candidate in Local Government elections.

Council members play a vital role in local community leadership.  Councillors contribute their thoughts and ideas within a decision-making body that:

  • Decides on strategic and financial plans for the local area;
  • Ensures Council resources are used fairly for the benefit of the community and
  • Talks to local people about their views and ideas for the area
  • Communicates to the community and other stakeholders about key local issues.

 If you are interested in representing the people in your community on Council, the Electoral Commission of SA (ECSA) and the Local Government Association of SA (LGA) provide a range of resources to help you understand the role and responsibilities. 

Information sessions for potential candidates

Find out more about what's involved in standing for council by attending an information session delivered by the Local Government Association in conjuction with ECSA.

The session covers:

  • 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 the election.

An information session for potential candidates will be delivered in Victor Harbor on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 from 6pm until 9pm at the City of Victor Harbor Civic Centre. Click here to book your spot.

If you can't make this session, the following may be of interest:

  • 5 September 2018 - Goolwa (at the Alexandrina Council - Cadell Street, Goolwa) from 6pm to 9pm 

A listing of all the sessions is available on the Local Government of SA training website.


Nominations for the 2018 local government elections open on Tuesday, 4 September 2018 and close on Tuesday, 18 September 2018 at 12 noon. During this time, you must complete and lodge a nomination form which is available from council and other advertised locations.

You will also be asked to lodge a 150-word candidate profile and a ‘head shoulders’ photograph which will be published on a candidates’ website.

You should refer to the 2018 candidate resources for more information about the nomination process and requirements once they become available in July 2018.

More information?

Local Government Association of SA: Local Government Elections

  • Enrolling to vote
  • Refreshing the voters’ roll and eligibility
  • Nomination as a candidate for election
  • Nomination process
  • Legislative framework
  • Previous Council election information


Electoral Commission of South Australia: ECSA

  • Voting in Council Elections
  • Completing ballot papers
  • Candidates

2018 Council Elections


2018 Council Elections


2018 Council Elections - Nominate


2018 Council Elections - Vote

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