2018 Council elections

Local Council elections for South Australia will be held during October and November 2018. These will be conducted by Electoral Commission SA.

The elections will be for 637 councillor positions and 52 mayoral positions in 67 metropolitan and regional councils.

This page provides information on how to update your enrolment details and how to vote in the council elections.

If you are interested in standing as a candidate in your local council area you will find links to information for candidates below including how to nominate for your council.

The key dates and activities of significance include:

Roll Close s15(7)(a) 5pm Friday 10 August 2018
Nominations open s19(4) Tuesday 4 September 2018
Nominations close s23(a) 12 noon Tuesday 18 September 2018
Draw for position of candidate names on the ballot paper s29(3) 4pm Tuesday 18 September 2018
Mail out of voting material to electors s39(1) Monday 22 October to Friday 26 October 2018
Last day for postal issue/reissue of voting material s39(4)(a) & s43(4)(a) 5pm Wednesday 7 November 2018
Last day for personal issue/reissue of voting material s39(4)(b) & s43(4)(b) 5pm Friday 9 November 2018
Close of voting s5 5pm Friday 9 November 2018
Scrutiny and count s47(1)(b) 9am Saturday 10 November 2018


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 2018 Council candidates resources page for eligiblity, nominations, forms and guides.

Voting in council elections

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

Council elections accessible resources 

The Council elections accessible resources page provides information for vision impaired electors such as large print and audio letters, and an Auslan video for hearing impaired impaired electors.  You can also access interperter serices and information in langauges other than English.

Scrutiny and count

When voting closes at 5pm on Friday 9 November, the Electoral Commission SA will account for all returned ballot packs. The scrutiny and count begins 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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