Political parties

Political parties are organisations whose members hold similar political views. In South Australian State elections, political parties have their candidates elected to seats in the House of Assembly and Legislative Council. Individuals can run as independent candidates, without being a member of a political party.

If you would like more details on party registration, see our How to register a political party page.

For a list of current parties see our Register of political parties page.

State election candidates

State election candidates nominate to stand for election to the South Australian Parliament. Eligible candidates try to win seats in either the House of Assembly, or Legislative Council.

Currently there are 47 House of Assembly members who are elected for a four year term.

There are 22 Legislative Council members, half of whom are elected at each general election, and serve a term of eight years.

See our Houses of Parliament page for more detailed information about the House of Assembly and Legislative Council.

For a list of all Members of Parliament visit the Parliament SA.

Council election candidates

Candidates also run for positions in Local Government. In Council elections people may nominate to be a candidate for mayor, or a councillor representing a ward or the whole of the Council area where it is not divided into separate wards.

Our Introduction to Local Government (PDF 122kB) factsheet has more information.

Our Council candidates section has more information on candidate eligibility, nomination process, and other information for people wanting to be candidates.