Data and statistics 2019-20

Our year at a glance

This is a snapshot of data and statistics from the 2019-20 financial year.

Our 2019-20 Annual Report can be found on the Publications page

YIR 2019 20 Highlights Web Version 1

Number of staff 30
FTEs 27.83
Gender Persons FTE
Female 53% 51.5%
Male 47% 48.5%
No. persons separated from the agency during 2019-20 4
No. persons recruited to the agency during 2019-20 2
No. persons on leave without pay at 30/6/20 7

Summary of council elections

Council Date Ratio of candidates to vacancy No of electors on roll Election contested Participation (no) Participation (%)
Mid Murray Council 
Shearer Ward
8/7/19 4:1 3,127 Y 1,118 35.75%
Wattle Range Council
Corcoran Ward
9/9/19  4:1 4,113 Y 1,677 40.77%
District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula 
Area Councillor
8/10/19  3:1 3,830  Y 1,192 31.12%
District Council of Robe Area Councillor 11/11/19 3:1 1,276 619 48.51%
District Council of Ceduna Area Councillor 9/12/19  2:1  2,114  Y 962  45.51% 
District Council of Grant Central Ward 9/12/19   3:1  4,405 Y 1,189  26.99%
City of Marion Woodlands Ward 9/12/19  7:1  11,048 1,792  16.22% 
District Council of Mount Remarkable Willochra Ward 9/12/19  2:1 1,201 Y 503  41.88% 
District Council of Franklin Harbour Area Councillor 24/2/20  2:1  891  Y 533 59.82% 
City of Port Adelaide Enfield Enfield Ward 24/2/20   8:1 15,164 Y 4,417  29.13% 
District Council of Yankalilla Light Ward 24/2/20   3:1  2,320  973  41.94% 
City of Adelaide Central Ward 11/5/20   8:1  11,689  2,193  18.76% 

Council vacancies

Councils carrying a vacancy during this period were: 

  • Kangaroo Island Council 
  • Port Pirie Regional Council
  • District Council of Orroroo Carrieton.

These councils adopted a policy not to fill a casual vacancy until the next general election, however if a subsequent vacancy occurs prior to January 2022, a supplementary election must be held to fill all the vacancies.

Council polls

The District Council of Coober Pedy held four concurrent polls. The mailout occurred on 1 October 2019 with the scrutiny and count held on Tuesday 22 October 2019. The total number of enrolled electors was 985. Three hundred and fifty envelopes were returned, for a participation rate of 35.53%.

Question  In favour (no.) In favour (%) Opposed (no.) Opposed (%)  Informal (no.) Informal (%)  Total ballot papers
Question 1: Do you support the Council  conducting a poll of electors on every occasion when it proposes to increase municipal rates by more than CPI? 255  74.78%  86  25.22%  0 0.00% 341
Question 2: Do you support the Council selling its electricity assets and business to the State Government should it be financially sensible to do so? 175  51.17%  167 48.83% 0 0.00% 342
Question 3: Do you support the Council selling its water assets and business to the State Government should it be financially sensible to do so? 183  53.35%  160  46.65%  0 0.00% 343 
Question 4: Do you support the term of administration of the Council being continued until the next scheduled general election for the Council in November 2022? 240 70.38% 100  29.33% 1 0.29% 341 

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands Executive Board elections

ECSA conducted 3 supplementary elections for the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Executive Board in November and December 2019.

These elections were held to fill 3 vacancies, 1 within each of the following communities:

  • Mimili – 1 female member
  • Amata and Tjurma – 1 male member
  • Pukatja, Yunyarinyi, Anilalya and Turkey Bore – 1 male member
Electorate Date of election Number of electors Election contested? Participation (no.) Participation (%) Electoral system used
Mimili 13/11/19 194 No – Ms Julieanne Campbell elected unopposed  - - Single-member first past the post voting
Amata and Tjurma  13/11/19 258 No – no eligible nominations received - - Single-member first past the post voting
Pukatja, Yunyarinyi, Anilalya and Turkey Bore 4/12/19 374 Yes – Mr Gary Lewis elected 81 21.66% Single-member first past the post voting

Other statutory elections

Organisation Date Election type Election contested? No. elected  Electoral system used  No. of electors 
The Architectural Practice Board of South Australia 18/3/20 Election of Board members 3 Proportional representation 912
South Eastern Water Conservation and Drainage Board – Northern Zone 22/6/20 To elect 1 Landholder to the Board N 1 Single-member plurality voting 831
South Eastern Water Conservation and Drainage Board – Central Zone 22/6/20 To elect 1 Landholder to the Board N 1 Single-member plurality voting 1066 

The elections for the South Eastern Water Conservation and Drainage Board are held every four years. In total, three elections are managed for the following electoral zones; Central Electoral Zone, Northern Electoral Zone and Southern Electoral Zone. At the close of nominations on Monday 22 June 2020, only 1 nomination was received for the Central Electoral Zone, with Brett McLaren elected unopposed, and the Northern Electoral Zone, with Miles Weston Hannemann elected unopposed.

Two nominations were received for the Southern Electoral Zone. Ballot packs were sent out to those eligible electors with the election being finalised in the 2020 – 21 financial year.

 Community and commercial elections

Organisation Date Election type No. elected Voting method No. of electors
Department of Treasury and Finance 26/7/19  Enterprise Agreement ballot - FPTP* 193
Department of Treasury and Finance 11/10/19   Enterprise Agreement ballot  FPTP  192
Civil Contractors Federation SA Board Election 26/9/19   Election of Board members FPTP  145 

*First past the post

South Australia enrolment rate at 30 June 2020

Enrolment 30 June 2020 30 June 2019 30 June 2018 30 June 2017 30 June 2016
Enrolment for federal/state and state only electors 1,224,894 1,216,151 1,201,245 1,187,714 1,185,994
Voting Eligible Population* 1,263,503 1,248,996 1,241,490 1,241,031 1,234,717
Total enrolled as % of Voting Eligible Population* 96.9% 97.4%  96.8% 95.7% 96.1%

 Electors enrolled by age group at 30 June 2020

Age group No. % of Voting Eligible Population*
18-24 109,517 81.5%
25-34 187,109 97.4%
35-44 190,314 98.8%
45-54 204,532 98.2%
55-64 209,952 98.2%
65+ 323,470 #99.0%
Total enrolled 1,224,894 96.9%

*Voting Eligible Population percentages are calculated by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) based on Estimated Eligible Population using ABS citizen population figures for 30 June 2017 (final) and 30 June 2019 (preliminary) based on the 2016 Census.  ABS data is adjusted by the AEC and projected forward to the relevant date, then adjusted for British Subjects, those of unsound mind, overseas electors and new citizens since the Census. 

# Enrolment rates above 99.0% are not reported due to error associated with calculating Estimated Eligible Population which may overstate the actual enrolment rate.

Enrolment transactions 2017 to 2020

Enrolment activity 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17
As at 1 July of each year 1,216,151 1,201,245 1,187,714 1,185,994
         
Additions to the roll 2019-20 2018-19  2017-18 2016-17
New enrolments* 23,496 27,477 27,610 22,417
Re-enrolments 4,351 5,109 5,238 4,549
Re-instatements 25 143 67 1,035
Interstate transfers to SA 11,112 15,267 14,235 10,236
Net additions 38,984 47,996 47,150 38,237
         
Movements within state** 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17
Transfers between districts 74,255  80,728  86,541  74,421
Changes within district 34,209  42,648 49,974  39,876
No change/amendments  7,491  20,235  40,535 8,915 
         
Deletions from the roll 2019-20  2018-19 2017-18 2016-17
Removal by objection 6,665 5,737  3,602 12,327
Deaths 10,932 10,793  11,735 11,049 
Duplications 701  309 496  852
Cancellations  169  170 16  89 
Interstate transfers from SA  11,776  16,084 17,777  12,208 
Net deletions 30,243 3,093  33,626 36,525 
         
Adjustments (net)*** +2 +3 +7 +8
         
Total enrolled 30/06/20 1,224,894 1,216,151 1,201,245 1,187,714

* Includes persons who have provisionally enrolled that have turned 18 and new enrolments by 18 year olds (8,226 in 2019-20).

** These ‘movements within state’ figures are not included in the table totals below.

*** Net adjustments and data corrections.

Registered declaration voters by criteria at 30/6/20

ECSA maintains a register of voters who are permanently prevented from attending a polling booth and meet certain criteria. These voters are called registered declaration voters for state elections and general postal voters for federal elections. Once registered, a voter will always receive a postal vote for every election and does not need to re-apply for future elections.

Criteria No. %
Caring for a person who is seriously ill, infirm or disabled 1,392 5.9%
Place of residence is not within 20 kilometres of a polling place 3,515 14.9%
Physical disability 7,117 30.1%
Membership of a religious order or religious beliefs 454 1.9%
Address has been suppressed from publication on the roll (silent elector) 11,145 47.2%
Total 23,623  100%

Eight political parties were registered for state elections in South Australia.

New party registrations 0
Annual returns lodged 8
De-registrations* 4
Currently registered parties (as at 30 June 2020) 8

*The following parties were de-registered on 28/11/2019 for failure to have the required number of members to continue as an eligible political party under section 45 of the Electoral Act 1985: Danig Party of Australia (SA Division), Dignity Party Inc, Liberal Democratic Party, Stop Population Growth Now Party.

Registered political parties at 30 June 2020

Date of registration Name of registered political party Abbreviation of party name
17/10/85  Australian Labor Party (South Australian Branch)  Australian Labor Party
17/10/85 Liberal Party of Australia (SA Division)  Liberal Party
17/10/85 National Party of Australia (SA) Inc The Nationals 
13/2/96 Australian Greens SA The Greens
24/11/16  Animal Justice Party  
4/7/17  SA-BEST Incorporated  SA-BEST
7/11/17  Advance SA   
12/12/17 Child Protection Party   CPP

Returns

Political Party Returns, Associated Entity Returns and Donor Returns are lodged on a half-yearly basis and must be lodged within 30 days of the end of the half-yearly period.

In January 2020, ECSA received returns for the period 1 July 2019 to 31 December 2019. The table below summarises the return lodgements for the period.

Returns for period 1 July 2019 to 31 December 2019.

Return type Total lodged Late returns
Political Party Return 10* 2
Associated Entity Return 21 6
Donor Return 5 3

*Danig Party of Australia (SA Division) and Liberal Democratic Party lodged a return, however were deregistered on 28 November 2019.

All returns lodged are available on ECSA’s Funding and Disclosure Portal.

Public funding

Claim Period Australian Labor Party Liberal Party The Greens SA-Best Advance SA Total
1/7/19 – 31/12/19 $64,568   $64,568  $37,665 $37,665 $952.04 $205,418
1/1/20 – 30/6/20  $64,568 $64,568  $37,665  $37,665 $204,466
 Total $129,136  $129,136  $75,330  $75,330  $952.04 $409,884.04 

No general election or by-election was held in the 2019-20 financial year and ECSA was not called upon to pay election funding to reimburse political expenditure incurred by eligible participants in relation to an election.

Non-voter activity

Section 85 of the Electoral Act 1985 sets out the procedures to be implemented by the Electoral Commissioner relating to electors who appear to have not voted at an election. The non-voter process commences three months after election day and continues until each expiation has been resolved.

The table below outlines the non-voter activity, starting with Notice 1 which gives the elector the opportunity to provide a valid reason for their apparent failure to vote, through to referral of the expiation to the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit (FERU).

Once an expiation has been referred to FERU an elector can make an application for a review. If the review is granted the expiation is referred back to ECSA and the expiation is reissued (Notice 2). There is no maximum numbers of review that can be granted.  This cycle can occur multiple times if the matter is left unresolved.  

Activity 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 
Notice 1: Notice of Apparent Failure to Vote (No. sent) n/a * n/a
# 8,747
* 63,715
Notice 2: Expiation Notice (No. sent) n/a * 37,480
# 5,966
n/a
Notice 3: Reminder Expiation Notice (No. sent) * n/a
# 4,046
* 27,942
# n/a
n/a
Referrals to the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit for enforcement * 257
# 3,278
* 23,115 
# n/a
n/a
Re-issued expiation notices (No. sent) * 1,605
# 413 
* 3,873
# n/a
n/a
Penalties collected ($) $389,543.65 $769,097.43 $20,447.40

* 2018 State Election
# 2019 Cheltenham and Enfield by-elections


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