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Council Elections

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In November 2018, Goyder voters will have the chance to elect the people they want to see represent the community on Council. 

The community elects Council members every four years and information regarding the 2018 general election can be found below. You can also visit the Local Government Association of SA website or the Electoral Commission of SA website. The Commission is responsible for managing local government election processes.

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.

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.

Key dates to keep in mind are:


 Roll Close

 5pm Friday 10th August, 2018

 Nominations Open

 Tuesday 4th September, 2018

 Nominations Close

 12pm Tuesday 18th September, 2018

 Mail out of Voting Materials

 Mon 22nd - Friday 26th October, 2018

 Close of Voting

 5pm Friday 9th November, 2018

Enrol to Vote

Under the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, there is a requirement to purge the Council supplementary roll on 1st 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 the roll close deadline on Friday 10 August 2018, otherwise you will not be able to vote in 2018 elections.

Almost everyone over 18 living, owning or leasing property in a Council area can be eligible to vote ..

You must be enrolled on the Council voters roll to be able to vote. You are eligible to vote if you are:

  • 18 years of age or over  on or before the close of voting; and

  • a resident in the Council area. You do not have to own a house or property to enrol to vote - tenants have those rights too.

  • Owners of property who are not residents, including body corporates or groups, also have entitlements to enrol to vote. 

How do I get on the Council Voters Roll?

You will automatically appear on the Council voters roll, and receive a postal ballot pack if you are:

  • already on the State electoral roll (House of Assembly Roll), which means you vote in State Government elections;

    However if you have changed address or postal address recently and have not changed your enrolment details you will need to do this now!

If you need to enrol or change your address you must do so by 5pm Friday the 10th of August, 2018 to be eligible to vote in November.  Fill out an enrolment or change of address form at any Post Office or Electoral Office or visit ECSA website to download a form.

Organisations, business owners or occupiers

  • Organisations, business owners or occupiers are required to nominate a designated person to vote on their behalf who is a natural person, of or above 18 years of age.

  • If you are unsure whether you are on the Council voters roll, Contact Tammy Leibhardt, Property & Assessments Officer telephone 88920100 

Council Enrolment Form 1 - (Sole Owner/Resident)(518 kb)

Council Enrolment Form 2 - (Body Corporate)(1039 kb)

Council Enrolment Form 3 - (Group Owners)(153 kb) 

Nominating as a Council Member

Most people who are on the Council voters roll can stand for election - and becoming a Councillor is one of the most direct ways you can influence decisions that affect the quality of life in your local area.

If you are interested in representing the Goyder community, there are many resources available from the Electoral Commission and LGA to help you understand the role and responsibilities of being a councillor. Click on the links provided above for more information!

Who can nominate for a position on council

A person must be on the Council voters roll to be eligible to stand as a candidate in Local Government elections. Anyone can stand for election as a Council Member, either Mayor or Councillor, if they are:

a) an Australian citizen; or have been a member of a Council at any time between 5 May 1997 and 1 January 2000; and are

b) an elector for the area; or a nominee who is an officer of a body corporate which has its name on the voters roll for the area; or
a nominee of a group which has its name on the voters roll for the area (either a member of the group or an officer of a body corporate that is a member of the group).

People are ineligible if they:

  • are a State or Commonwealth Parliamentarian;

  • are an undischarged bankrupt;

  • are disqualified from holding office by a court order;

  • are an employee of the Council for which they are considering nominating;

  • are a candidate for office as a Council Member in another Council area;  

  • have been sentenced to imprisonment and is, or could become, liable to serve the sentence or the remainder of the sentence. 


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.  

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 www.parliament.sa.gov.au.

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