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 Annual report and other corporate publications
|Number of staff||30|
|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
|Wattle Range Council
|District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula
|District Council of Robe Area Councillor||11/11/19||3:1||1,276||Y||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||Y||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||Y||973||41.94%|
|City of Adelaide Central Ward||11/5/20||8:1||11,689||Y||2,193||18.76%|
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.
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||Y||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||7||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*|
*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
|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|
|Interstate transfers to SA||11,112||15,267||14,235||10,236|
|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|
|Deletions from the roll||2019-20||2018-19||2017-18||2016-17|
|Removal by objection||6,665||5,737||3,602||12,327|
|Interstate transfers from SA||11,776||16,084||17,777||12,208|
|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.
|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%|
|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%|
Register of political parties
Eight political parties were registered for state elections in South Australia.
|New party registrations||0|
|Annual returns lodged||8|
|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|
|12/12/17||Child Protection Party||CPP|
Funding, disclosure and 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|
*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.
|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||-||$204,466|
No general election or by-election was held in the 2019-20 financial year and ECSA was not called upon to pay election funding to reimburse political expenditure incurred by eligible participants in relation to an election.
Section 85 of the Electoral Act 1985 sets out the procedures to be implemented by the Electoral Commissioner relating to electors who appear to have not voted at an election. The non-voter process commences three months after election day and continues until each expiation has been resolved.
The table below outlines the non-voter activity, starting with Notice 1 which gives the elector the opportunity to provide a valid reason for their apparent failure to vote, through to referral of the expiation to the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit (FERU).
Once an expiation has been referred to FERU an elector can make an application for a review. If the review is granted the expiation is referred back to ECSA and the expiation is reissued (Notice 2). There is no maximum numbers of review that can be granted. This cycle can occur multiple times if the matter is left unresolved.
|Notice 1: Notice of Apparent Failure to Vote (No. sent)||n/a||* n/a
|Notice 2: Expiation Notice (No. sent)||n/a||* 37,480
|Notice 3: Reminder Expiation Notice (No. sent)||* n/a
|Referrals to the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit for enforcement||* 257
|Re-issued expiation notices (No. sent)||* 1,605
|Penalties collected ($)||$389,543.65||$769,097.43||$20,447.40|
* 2018 State Election
# 2019 Cheltenham and Enfield by-elections