Council Elections

Councils are part of the democratic framework of Australia. The community elects their Council Members every four years, with the next Council Elections to be held in November 2022.

Adelaide Hills 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.

Council Elections are held by Postal Vote.

For further information please contact Lachlan Miller, Executive Manager Governance and Performance on 8408 0400.

2022 Local Government Periodic Election Timetable

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

2018 Election Results

The 2018 Local Government election results can be found on the Electoral Commission of South Australia's website.

Enrolling to Vote

Almost everyone over 18 and 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 in Council elections if you are: 

  • 18 years of age or over at the time 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.
  • on the council voters roll.
  • Ratepayer in the Adelaide Hills Council area

Owners of property who are not residents, including body corporates or groups, may 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 recently and have not changed your enrolment details you will need to do this now! Fill out an enrolment or change of address form at any Post Office or Electoral Office or visit to download a form.

If you are a landlord, business lessee or resident non-Australian citizen, you will no longer be automatically included on the roll. If you wish to vote in Council elections you are now required to enrol by completing one of the enrolment forms below.

Further Information
For further information on recent changes to the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, visit
If you are unsure whether you are on the Council voters roll, contact Council's Rates department on 8408 0400.

Elector Representation Review
In December 2017, the Adelaide Hills Council completed an Elector Representation Review  which is a formal process under Section 12 of the Local Government Act 1999 to review all aspects of Council's composition, including the division, or potential division, of the council area into wards. In reviewing the representation arrangements, in consultation with the community, the Council resolved on a new structure that will take effect from the November 2018 Local Government Election.

The new structure is for the district to be represented by a Mayor elected by the community,  12 ward councillors, and the creation of two wards to replace the current five ward structure. 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 amalgamated to form the Ranges Ward with seven councillors with the addition of the Basket Range, Cherryville and Carey Gully localities, which were previously divided by ward boundaries, to be wholly within the Ranges Ward.

A copy of the final Representation Review Report (which sets out Council's preferred representation agreements) was certified by the Electoral Commissioner of South Australia, is below 

Authorised by Andrew Aitken, CEO, 63 Mount Barker Road Stirling 5152

Council acknowledges that we conduct our business on the traditional lands and waters of the Peramangk and Kaurna people. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging as the Custodians of this ancient and beautiful land.
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