2018 Council elections

In South Australia, council elections are held every four years for all 68 councils except the Municipal Council of Roxby Downs, which operates under its own administration.

Council elections allow voters the opportunity to choose who they wish to represent them on council.

  • More than 1.2 million people in South Australia are eligible to vote in the November 2018 council elections.
  • The Electoral Commissioner, as the Returning Officer, conducts all council elections.


Date Activity
5pm 10 August 2018 Close of rolls
4 September 2018 Nominations open
12 noon 18 September 2018 
Nominations close
4pm 18 September 2018
Draw for position of candidates on ballot papers
22 to 26 October 2018
Issuing of voting packs to electors
5pm 9 November 2018 Close of voting
9am 10 November 2018
Scrutiny and count


Follow the links for information about how to enrol for council elections, how to check your enrolment, how to change your details, and learn more about special enrolment circumstances.

Information for candidates

Visit the council candidates page for information about who is eligible to nominate for council and how to do so.

Voting in council elections

The voting in council elections page provided information to electors about postal voting packs, how to complete and return ballot papers.

Scrutiny and count

When voting closed at 5pm on Friday 9 November, the Electoral Commission SA accounted for all returned ballot packs. The scrutiny and count began on Saturday 10 November from 9am. Information about the process is available at our scrutiny and count page.


The Electoral Commission SA will make available the progressive results during the count on Saturday 10 November, which will be published on the Local Government Association website. The final results are published on the Local Government Association website, and in newspapers across South Australia.

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