Council Election 2018

Key dates
Enrol to vote
Nominating as a candidate
Voting for your Council representatives
New ward structure
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​Council elections are conducted every four years; the next election will occur in November 2018.
This is your guide to what to expect, and how to participate.

Councils are part of the democratic framework of Australia. The community elects their Council Members every four years and the next periodic elections will occur in 2018. With nearly 360,000 people participating by voting in 2014 state wide, Council elections are the biggest single voluntary civic participation activity in the State

Unlike State and Federal elections, it is not compulsory to vote in South Australian council elections, however council elections result in the appointment of direct representatives of your local district.

Roll close​5pm Friday 10 August 2018
Nominations open​Tuesday 4 September 2018
Nominations close​12pm Tuesday 18 September 2018
Mail out of voting materials​Monday 22 – Friday 26 October 2018
Voting closes​5pm Friday 9 November 2018


Enrolment for the 2018 council elections closed at 5pm on Friday 10 August 2018.

Nominations for the 2018 Local Government Elections open on Tuesday 4 September 2018 and close Tuesday 18 September 2018 at 12pm sharp.

Candidate Resources
Interested people can download a booklet that outlines information about nominating for your local Council.

Nomination forms and candidate information packs will be available from Council in late August. Please contact our Governance Team on 8408 0400 if you would like to register your interest in obtaining further information once it becomes available.

Additional information on nominating for Council can be found on the Local Government Association website (opens in new tab).

Candidate Information Sessions
The Adelaide Hills Council is running FREE training sessions for individuals interested in gaining further information prior to nominating. There is no need to pre-book your attendance at these sessions, and attendees will have no obligation to nominate.

Monday 27 August | 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Torrens Valley Community Centre
45 Albert Street, Gumeracha

Monday 3 September | 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Stirling Council Chambers
63 Mt Barker Road, Stirling

These sessions will cover the following topics.

  • The role and functions of a Council
  • The relationship between Councils and other spheres of government
  • The role of an Elected Member
  • Allowances and expenses
  • Legal responsibilities
  • How elections are conducted
  • Eligibility and the process of nomination
  • Campaigning for elections

Nomination Forms and Candidate Information Packs will be available at the sessions.

The Local Government Association will also be running similar sessions  in regional areas. To see all the available sessions and book your place, please click here to be redirected to the LGA website (opens in new tab).

Other organisations conduct election and candidate preparation sessions and these will be published here as they become known.
Council does not specifically endorse any providers of these sessions and it is at the interested party’s own risk and discretion whether they choose to attend.

Nominations for the 2018 Local Government Elections open
Tuesday 4 September 2018 and close at 12pm, 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 a 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.

In 2017, Council completed an Elector Representation Review which examined the composition and structure of the representation arrangements which have been largely the same since the formation of the Council in 1997. The outcome of the review was a Council resolution to retain a popularly-elected Mayor and 12 Councillors and retain wards but reduce the number to two, being the Valleys Ward and the Ranges Ward. 

The Valleys Ward will be created by merging the existing Torrens Valley and Onkaparinga Valley wards into one ward with five councillors. The current Manoah, Mount Lofty and Marble Hill wards will be merged to form the Ranges Ward with seven councillors. Basket Range, Cherryville and Carey Gully localities, which were previously divided by ward boundaries, will be wholly within the Ranges Ward.

Click here to view the existing ward structure (pre-election).
Click here to view the new ward structure (in place from the 2018 election onwards).

The rules for local government elections are set out in the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, an Act of the South Australian Parliament. Click here to view the Act.

Authorised by: Andrew Aitken
Chief Executive Officer
PO Box 44
(08) 8408 0400