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Nominations open on Tuesday 23 August

You are eligible to be a candidate for election as a member of a council if you are:

  • an Australian citizen
  • at the time the electoral roll closes:
    • enrolled in the council area you are contesting, or
    • the designated person of a body corporate or a group that has its name on the voters' roll for the council area
    • left off the voters' roll for the council area in error.

Learn more about nominating for your local council.

Candidate briefing sessions

Register for one of our candidate briefing sessions available as either a face-to-face session or as a webinar.

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In South Australia, whole of state council elections (called periodic elections) are held every 4 years for all 68 councils except the Municipal Council of Roxby Downs, which operates under its own administration.

The next periodic council elections will take place in November 2022. 

2022 timetable

Timetable of events
Close of electoral roll 5:00 pm, Friday 29 July 2022
Nominations open Tuesday 23 August 2022
Nominations close 12 noon, Tuesday 6 September 2022
Mailout of ballot material to electors Between Friday 14 October and Thursday 20 October 2022
Close of voting (polling day) 5:00 pm, Thursday 10 November 2022
Scrutiny and count 9:00 am, Saturday 12 November 2022


Standing as a candidate

For general information about standing as a candidate for an elected position on a council, visit our  council candidates page.

For more information about council elections, including who is eligible to vote and how the elections are conducted, visit our  council election fast facts page.


Council voters roll

If you are correctly enrolled for state elections in South Australia, you are automatically included on the council voters roll and will receive ballot papers through the post.


Postal voting

Voting in council elections is conducted by post. All election materials, including your ballot papers, are mailed directly to the postal address you provided on the electoral roll. The mailout of postal voting packs begins after nominations close. Read more on our voting in council elections page.

Past results and reports

Past council elections results and reports

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