Our year at a glance

This is a snapshot of data and statistics from the 2020-21 financial year.

Our 2020-21 Annual Report can be found on the Annual report and other corporate publications

Our highlights

Graph for data and stats

Our people
Number of staff 32
FTEs 30.83
Gender Persons FTE
Female 50% 48.1%
Male 50% 51.9%
No. persons separated from the agency during 2019-20 3
No. persons recruited to the agency during 2019-20 9
No. persons on leave without pay at 30/6/20 1
Elections

Summary of council elections

Council Date Ratio of candidates to vacancy No of electors on roll Election contested Participation (no) Participation (%)
District Council of Mount Remarkable Telowie Ward 13/07/20 2:1 964 Y 426 44.19%

City of Mitcham Gault Ward

10/08/20 74:1 7,655 Y 1,814 23.7%

Yorke Peninsula Council Gum Flat Ward

7/09/20 7:1 2,522  Y 1,204 47.74%

City of Unley Parkside Ward

7/09/20 6:1 4,298 963 22.41%

City of Onkaparinga Mid Coast Ward

7/09/20  18:1  23,646  Y 3,917  16.57% 

City of Mitcham Gault Ward

12/10/20  3:1  7,668 Y 1,961  25.57%

District Council of Grant Central Ward

12/10/20  1:1  N/A N/A  N/A 
Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council Area Councillor 1/03/21  4:1 6,714 Y 2,513  37.43% 

Flinders Ranges Council Mayor

1/03/21  1:1  N/A  N N/A N/A 

Kangaroo Island Council Area Councillor (x2)

1/03/21   3::2 3,446 Y 1,098  31.86% 

Copper Coast Council Area Councillor (x2)

15/06/21  5:2  11,660  3,640  31.22% 

Wudinna Area Councillor

15/06/21   1:1  N/A  N/A  N/A

Streaky Bay Eyre Ward

12/07/21 1:1 N/A N N/A N/A
 
 

Other statutory elections

Organisation Date Election type Election contested? No. elected  Electoral system used  No. of electors 
South Eastern Water Conservation and Drainage Board – Southern Zone 27/07/20 To elect 1 Landholder to the Board Y 1 Single-member plurality voting 1,907

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. Two nominations were received for the Southern Electoral Zone. Ballot packs were sent out to those eligible electors with the election being finalised in July 20.

 Community and commercial elections

Organisation Date Election type No. elected Voting method No. of electors
Adelaide Festival Centre – Professional and administration EA 27/11/20  Enterprise Agreement ballot N/A Yes – No First Past the Post 95
Adelaide Festival Centre – Performing Arts Centre EA 12/02/21   Enterprise Agreement ballot  N/A Yes – No First Past the Post 223
Enrolment

South Australia enrolment rate at 30 June 2021

Enrolment 30 June 2021 30 June 2010 30 June 2019 30 June 2018 30 June 2017
Enrolment for federal/state and state only electors 1,239,103 1,224,894 1,216,151 1,201,245 1,187,714
Voting Eligible Population* 1,283,395 1,263,503 1,248,996 1,241,490 1,241,031
Total enrolled as % of Voting Eligible Population* 96.5% 96.9%  97.4% 96.8% 95.7%

 Electors enrolled by age group at 30 June 2021

Age group No. % of Voting Eligible Population*
18-24 105,698 78.5%
25-29 93,899 97.1%
30-34 95,424 96.5%
35-39 100,011 98.3%
40-44 94,427 #99.0%
45-49 99,788 98.4%
50-54 104,735 98.1%
55-59 105,536 98.0%
60-64 105,191 98.5%
65-69 95,506 #99.0%
70+ 238,888 96.5%
Total enrolled 1,239,103 96.5%

* 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 2019 (revised) and 30 June 2020 (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 2021

Enrolment activity 2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017-16
As at 1 July of each year 1,224,894 1,216,151 1,201,245 1,187,714
         
Additions to the roll 2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18
New enrolments* 22,480 23,496 27,477 27,610
Re-enrolments 2,893 4,351 5,109 5,238
Re-instatements 19 25 143 67
Interstate transfers to SA 12,974 11,112 15,267 14,235
Net additions 38,366 38,984 47,996 47,150
         
Movements within state** 2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18
Transfers between districts 69,787  74,255  80,728  86,541
Changes within district 32,089  34,209 42,648  49,974
No change/amendments  5,854  7,491  20,235 40,535 
         
Deletions from the roll 2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18
Removal by objection 1,816 6,665 5,737  3,602
Deaths 10,877 10,932 10,793  11,735
Duplications 170  701  309 496 
Cancellations  172  169  170 16 
Interstate transfers from SA  11,119  11,776  16,084 17,777 
Net deletions 24,154 30,243 3,093  33,626
         
Adjustments (net)*** -3 +2 +3 +7
         
Total enrolled 30/06/21 1,239,103 1,224,894 1,216,151 1,201,245

* Includes persons who have provisionally enrolled that have turned 18 and new enrolments by 18 year olds (10,232 in 2020-21).

** 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 June 2021

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 1,342 5.8%
Place of residence is not within 20 kilometres of a polling place 3,324 14.4%
Physical disability 6,529 28.3%
Membership of a religious order or religious beliefs 450 1.9%
Address has been suppressed from publication on the roll (silent elector) 11,151 49.6%
Total 23,096  100%
Register of political parties

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

New party registrations 0
Annual returns lodged 8
De-registrations* 0
Currently registered parties (as at 30 June 2021) 8

Registered political parties at 30 June 2021

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
Funding, disclosure and returns

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 July 2020, ECSA received returns for the period 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020. The table below summarises the return lodgements for the period.

Returns for period 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020.

Return type Total lodged Late returns
Political Party Return 10* 2
Associated Entity Return 24 10
Donor Return 9 5
Large Gift Return 2 2

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

In January 2021, ECSA received returns for the period 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020. The table below summarises the return lodgements for the period.

Returns for period 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020.

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Return type Total lodged Late returns
Political Party Return 8 1
Associated Entity Return 24 0
Donor Return 3 0

Annual Political Expenditure Returns lodged for the 2019-20 financial year

Return type Total lodged Late returns
Political Party Annual Political Expenditure 2 0
Individual Annual Political Expenditure 0 0
Organisation Annual Political Expenditure 0 0
Associated Entity Annual Political Expenditure 0 0
Third Party Annual Political Expenditure 0 0

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
1/1/21 – 30/06/21 $66,109  $66,109  $38,564  $38,564 - $209,346
 1/7/20 – 31/12/20 $66,109  $66,109 $38,564  $29,071.53  - $199,853.53
 Total $132,218  $132,218  $77,128  $67,635.53  $409.199.53

No general election or by-election was held in the 2020-21 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

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 2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 
Notice 1: Notice of Apparent Failure to Vote (No. sent) n/a n/a * n/a
# 8,747
* 63,715
Notice 2: Expiation Notice (No. sent) n/a n/a * 37,480
# 5,966
n/a
Notice 3: Reminder Expiation Notice (No. sent) n/a * n/a
# 4,046
* 27,942
# n/a
n/a
Referrals to the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit for enforcement n/a * 257
# 3,278
* 23,115 
# n/a
n/a
Re-issued expiation notices (No. sent) *26
#18
* 1,605
# 413 
* 3,873
# n/a
n/a
Penalties collected ($) $125,617.27 $389,543.65 $769,097.43 $20,447.40

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