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Nominations open on Tuesday 23 August and close at 12 noon on Tuesday 6 September 2022.


Acts and Regulations

The rules that govern council elections are set out in:

Special election provisions for the City of Adelaide are set out in Schedule 1 of the City of Adelaide Act 1998

The Acts and Regulations should be read in conjunction with the Local Government Act 1999.

Candidate eligibility and ineligibility

You are eligible to be a candidate for election as a member of a council if you are:

  • an Australian citizen
  • at the time the electoral roll closes:
    • enrolled in the council area you are contesting, or
    • the nominee of a body corporate or a group that has its name on the voters roll for the council area
    • left off the voters' roll for the council area in error.

You are not eligible to be a candidate for election as a member of a council if you are:

  • a state or federal parliamentarian.
  • an undischarged bankrupt or benefiting from insolvent debtor legislation.
  • an employee of the council.
  • disqualified from election by court order under the Local Government Act 1999.
  • sentenced to imprisonment and are, or could become, liable to serve the sentence or the remainder of the sentence.
  • a member of another council.

More information can be found on the council elections website.

Candidate responsibilities

As a candidate, you have a range of important responsibilities and obligations under the law. These include making sure all electoral material you publish contains the proper authorisation statement, and that the material is not inaccurate and misleading.

All candidates, whether successful or not, must lodge donation returns. Read more on our candidate returns for council elections page.

More information:

Legislation changes

The key dates for electoral events from the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 (LGEA) and the City of Adelaide Act 1998 (CAA) and amendments enacted under the Statutes Amendment (Local Government review) Bill 2021 can be found in the document linked below.

LG timetable and key legislation changes (PDF, 341KB) 

Nominating as a candidate

Every election has a period when you can submit your nomination. For council elections, the nomination period is 2 weeks.

During this period, you must complete a nomination form and a profile statement and lodge it with the Electoral Commission of SA. You can also lodge a photograph of yourself.

If your nomination form and statement meet the requirements, your nomination is accepted and you will officially be a candidate.

Nominations portal

A nominations portal is in development and will be available for candidates before nominations open on 23 August 2022.

Forms and handbooks

More information about what it's like to be a member of council can be found on the council elections website.

Responsibilities as a member of a council

Councils are responsible for many of the services that make South Australia such a great place to live and work, including libraries, playgrounds, sporting facilities and rubbish and recycling.

Becoming a councillor or mayor means you will help shape a wide range of policies and decisions that will impact the short and long-term future of your local community.

More information can be found on the council elections website.