Council elections

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How the council elections work

Council Members are elected every four years, with elections due to be held in November 2022. Council elections give you the opportunity to vote for candidates who will represent your community. You can also nominate to become a Council Member.

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.

To find out more about council elections and how the voting system works, visit the SA Local Government Association Council Elections page.

The rules for elections are set out in the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 - an act of the South Australian Parliament.

Key Dates

Event  Date
Roll Close 5pm, Friday 29 July 2022
Nomination Open Tuesday 23 August 2022
Nominations Close 12 noon, Tuesday 6 September 2022
Dispatch of ballot material to electors    Friday 14 October and Thursday 20 October 2022   
Close of voting (Polling Day) 5pm, Thursday 10 November 2022
Scrutiny and Count 9pm, Saturday 12 November 2022

 

Ensure you are on the Voter’s Roll

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 update your details on the Electoral Commission SA (ECSA) website.

If you are unsure if you are enrolled,  check your enrolment status on the ECSA website.
 
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.

Enrolment for the 2022 council elections closes at 5pm on Friday 29 July 2022.

Re-enrol on the council supplementary roll

The voters’ roll for council elections consists of two components – the House of Assembly (State) roll, and the council supplementary 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 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 5pm on Friday 29 July 2022, otherwise you will not be able to vote in 2022 elections.

Download the re-enrol form below that suits you

Please complete and post in time to be received by Council before 5pm on Friday 29 July 2022.

Form 1 - resident non-Australian citizen, sole property owner or occupier

Form 1(PDF, 472KB)

Complete Form 1 if you are a resident who:

  • lives in the City of Unley and
  • has lived in the property for at least one month and
  • is not on the House of Assembly Roll

OR

  • you are a sole owner who owns property in the City of Unley and
  • are the only owner of the relevant property.

OR

  •  you are a sole occupier who occupies property in the City of Unley as a tenant and 
  • do not live in the that property.

 

Form 2 - business or organisation (Body Corporate)

Form 2(PDF, 535KB)

To enrol as a business or organisation (Body Corporate) which is either a sole owner or sole occupier, complete Form 2.
A designated person is required to vote on behalf of the body corporate.

Form 3 - group property owner or occupier

Form 3(PDF, 644KB)

Complete Form 3 where a property is owned by more than one owner (ie a group owner) or occupied by more than one owner/tenant (ie group occupier).