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

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.

If you need to check our update your enrolment you can choose one of the following options:

Council supplementary roll

If you are not enrolled on the state electoral roll you may be eligible to register on the council supplementary roll if you are:

  • a resident or a non-Australian citizen who has lived at your residential address for one month or more
  • an owner of an organisation or business
  • an owner of a holiday home
  • a sole owner, or group of owners, of a rateable property
  • a sole occupier, or group of occupiers, of a rateable property
  • a landlord of rateable property.

In accordance with section 15(5a) of the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, council must purge the council's supplementary roll on 1 January of every election year. Therefore, all landlords, organisations, business owners or occupiers, and resident non-Australian citizens, must re-enrol from January 1 of every election year to be eligible to vote, with the exception of the City of Adelaide.

If you wish to enrol on the council supplementary roll, visit the Local Government Association's website for more information and enrolment forms.


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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