Council Elections

Council Elections provide an opportunity to vote for candidates who will represent your community. You can also nominate to stand for election as a Council Member.

2018 Elections

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 council elections will happen in November 2018.

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.

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

Key Dates

2018 Councils Elections Timetable
Roll Close 5pm, Friday 10 August 2018
Nominations Open Tuesday 4 September 2018
Nominations Close 12noon, Tuesday 18 September 2018
Mail out of voting materials Monday 22 - Friday 26 October 2018
Close of voting 5pm, Friday 9 November 2018

Ensure You Can 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 online through the Electoral Commission SA 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 2018 council elections closes at 5pm on Friday 10 August 2018.

Re-enrol to Vote

Did you know, all landlords, business owners 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?

Under the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, Council is required to purge the Supplementary Roll on 1 January of every election year.
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.
See below for an enrolment form.

Submit your form to:
Chief Executive Officer
City of Unley
PO Box 1
Unley  SA  5061

Via email
Or in person at the Civic Centre, 181 Unley Road, Unley.

If you are a Resident not on the State Electoral Roll or a Sole Owner or Sole Occupier, complete Form 1.

If you are a Business or Organisation Sole Owner or Occupier (Body Corporate) complete Form 2.
A designated person is required to vote on behalf of the body corporate.
If you are a Group of Owners or Occupiers (Body Corporate) complete Form 3.
Property owned or occupied by more than one person and/or business/organisation. A designated person is required to vote on behalf of the Group.
Enrolment for the 2018 council elections closes at 5pm on Friday 10 August 2018.

Nominating as a Candidate

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.
If you are interested in representing the people of your community on council, the Electoral Commission of SA and the Local Government Association (LGA SA) provide a range of resources to help you understand the role and responsibilities of being a councillor.
With very few exceptions (such as being an undischarged bankrupt, or being disqualified from holding office by a court order), you can nominate for a position on council regardless of qualifications, religion, race, gender, experience or profession.
In fact, councils actively encourage nominations from people from diverse backgrounds to ensure that a wide range of views are being represented.

The LGA (SA) and local councils will also run information seminars for candidates during July and August 2018. Details of seminars in Unley and nearby will be available on this website.
  • Nomination Process
    Nominations for the 2018 local government elections open Tuesday 4 September 2018 and close Tuesday 18 September 2018 at 12 noon. During this time, you must complete and lodge a nomination form which is available from you 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.
  • Candidate Resources
  • Candidate Information Sessions | 28 & 31 July
    The Local Government Association (LGA) is hosting free information sessions at Local Government House (148 Frome Street, Adelaide, SA) on Saturday 28 July 2018 9.30am - 12noon or Tuesday 31 July 2018 6 - 9pm.
    To view the program and book your spot, visit the LGA Education and Training webpage.
  • Candidate Information Sessions | August - September
    Information sessions for prospective candidates for the 2018 Local Government Election will be held during August and September 2018.

    The sessions will include information about the Council and role of Elected Members. A representative from the Electoral Commission of SA will provide information about the nomination process and conduct of the election.

    Candidates may go to any of the sessions listed below. Sessions start at 7pm and will finish at approximately 9pm.
    Date Council Location Phone
    27 August

    City of Norwood
    Payneham & St Peters

    Mayor’s Parlour
    (Enter off George St)
    175 The Parade, Norwood
    8366 4555
    28 August
    City of Unley Council Chamber,
    Unley Civic Centre,
    181 Unley Road, Unley
    8372 5111
    29 August
    City of Prospect Prospect Town Hall,
    126 Prospect Road, Prospect
    8269 5355
    30 August
    City of Tea Tree Gully Civic Centre,
    571 Montague Road, Modbury
    8397 7444
    3 September
    Town of Walkerville 66 Walkerville Terrace, Gilberton 8342 7100
    4 September
    City of Tea Tree Gully Civic Centre,
    571 Montague Road, Modbury
    8397 7444
    5 September
    Campbelltown City Council Council Chambers,
    172 Montacute Road, Rostrevor
    8366 9222
    6 September
    City of Burnside Council Chamber,
    Civic Centre,
    401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore
    8366 4200

    Nomination forms must be presented at the office of the Council for which the candidate is nominating.

    Nominations open Tuesday 4 September 2018. Nominations close 12noon on Tuesday 18 September 2018.


Voting in council elections is done by post.
If you are on the state (House of Assembly) electoral roll or have completed an 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.

How the Elections Work

All Local Government elections are conducted using the counting system known as proportional representation. In summary, a candidate is elected when a quota or predetermined proportion of the total number of formal ballot papers cast is obtained.

To find out more about the elections and how the voting system works, visit the Electoral Commission SA's Council Election Fact Page and the SA Local Government Association 2018 Council Elections page.

Council Election information listed on this website is authorised by Peter Tsokas, CEO, 181 Unley Road, Unley SA 5061, email, phone 8372 5111.