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Council Elections

Council Elections are an important part of the democratic framework of Australia and provide an opportunity every four years for communities to elect a Council that will represent their best interests.

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Are you passionate about making a difference in the Adelaide Hills? Consider nominating for a council position in the 2022 Council Elections.

Local Government is an important part of the democratic framework of Australia. The community elect their council representatives every four years, with the next Council Election to be held in November 2022.

Adelaide Hills Council mmunity. Voting in local government elections is open to a broader range of people than for State and Federal elections. Even if you are not an Australian citizen, and not on the State (House of Assembly) Electoral Roll, you can vote as long as you are over 18 years of age. You can also nominate to stand for election as a Council Member.

Nominating for election

Anyone can stand for elections regardless of qualifications, religion, gender or employment provided that, under Section 17 of the Local Government Elections Act 1999:

  • You are an Australian citizen or have been a member of a Council at any time between 5 May 1997 and 1 January 2000.
  • You are an elector for the area, or the nominee of a body corporate or a group either of which has its name on the council’s voters roll (you must be an officer of the body corporate or a member of the group or an officer of a body corporate that is a member of the group).
  • Your name has been omitted in error from the council’s voters roll or you are the designated person of a body corporate or a group which has had its name omitted in error from the council’s voters roll and you would otherwise be eligible for nomination.

The Electoral Commission of South Australia will rely on the declaration of eligibility on the nomination form.

You are ineligible to nominate if you are:

  • A Parliamentarian.
  • An undischarged bankrupt.
  • Discharged from holding office by a court order.
  • Are a council employee in a council for which you are nominating.
  • A candidate in another council area.
  • Likely to serve a term of imprisonment.

2022 Local Government Election timetable

Event Date
​Nominations open Tuesday 23 August 2022
​Nominations close 12 noon, Tuesday 6 September 2022
​Dispatch of ballot material to electors Friday 14 – Thursday 20 October 2022
​Close of voting (Polling Day) ​5pm, Thursday 10 November 2022
​Scrutiny and count ​9am, Saturday 12 November 2022

Interested in becoming a Council Member? The Electoral Commission of SA offers free candidate briefings.

FAQs

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 the Australian Electoral Commission to download a form.

If you are a 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 above.

If you are a landlord, 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 above.

If you are a business lessee, 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 above.

Does your business or organisation own or occupy any type of rateable property in the Adelaide Hills Council area? If so, your business is eligible to vote in the upcoming Local Government Elections in November 2022 for each property that it has an entitlement.

To exercise your businesses' vote, you must enrol on the Adelaide Hills Council's Supplementary Roll. Enrolling is easy and requires you to complete either a Form 2 or 3 (as applicable to your corporate structure) for each eligible property and return it to Council by 5pm, 29 July 2022.

On your enrolment form you will need to nominate a Designated Person to exercise the vote of behalf of the business or organisation. The Designated Person must be a natural person who is 18 years of above and who is an officer or involved in the management of the body corporate. If your proposed Designated Person also lives in the Council area, please contact Council to discuss ways to maximise your voting impact.

For further information, please contact:
Lachlan Miller, Executive Manager Governance & Performance
8408 0516


Fill out an enrolment or change of address form at any Post Office or Electoral Office or visit aec.gov.au to download a form.

If you are unsure whether you are on the Council voters roll, contact Council's Rates department on 8408 0400.

Election legislation

Further information about recent changes to the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, is available on the Local Government Association of South Australia website at the link below.

More information

For more information about nominating or voting in council elections, please contact:

Lachlan Miller
Executive Manager Governance & Performance
08 8408 0516

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

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