The electoral roll

The state electoral roll contains the names and addresses of all South Australians who are currently enrolled, and is used for state and council elections. The state electoral roll does not contain any email addresses or telephone numbers. The Australian Electoral Commission maintains the electoral roll for South Australia.

Enrolment for state elections is compulsory in South Australia and you are required by law to keep your details on the electoral roll correct up to date.

You must enrol on the state electoral roll if you are:

  • 18 years and over,
  • an Australian citizen, or eligible British subject (external link), and
  • have lived at your address for at least one month.

If you are 16 or 17 you can enrol now so when you turn 18 you will be able to vote.

You are required by law to keep your details on the electoral roll correct and up to date.

Enrolling covers you for all state, federal and local government elections.

Who has access to the electoral roll?

The current state electoral roll is available electronically for public inspection at Electoral Commission SA’s office in Light Square, Adelaide and at the offices of the Australian Electoral Commission (external link).

You may not copy, record or photograph any information from the electoral roll with any electronic device.

Electoral Commission SA does not keep historic electoral rolls for public viewing. Historic electoral rolls (up to 2009) can be viewed at the State Library of South Australia on North Terrace, Adelaide.

Upon request, the state electoral roll is provided to members of parliament, nominated candidates, registered political parties and prescribed authorities.

Enrolment information is never provided for commercial purposes.

Is the roll available online?

The electoral roll is available online so that you can check your own enrolment. You cannot browse the roll online. To check your own enrolment, visit the Australian Electoral Commission (external link).

How can I access the roll?

The current state electoral roll is available electronically for public inspection at Electoral Commission SA’s office in Light Square, Adelaide and at the offices of the Australian Electoral Commission (external link).

In accordance with section 26 (1a) of the Electoral Act 1985 (the Act), a person may only inspect the electoral roll if they:

  1. Provide their name and address.
  2. Provide evidence of their name and address in the form of photo identification (or in a form determined by the Electoral Commissioner).

Can someone be removed from the roll?

People can be removed from the electoral roll if certain conditions apply:

Someone has died

If your relative has died, their name will be removed from the electoral roll when we are:

  • notified by a family member, or
  • notified by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages (occurs on a monthly basis).

To request a relative's name be removed from the roll, complete the notification of a relative who has died form (external link).

Or, contact us at 1300 655 232 and submit the following details over the phone:

  • the deceased person’s full name,
  • date of death, and
  • last enrolled address.

You will also need to provide:

  • your name,
  • enrolled address,
  • relationship to the deceased, and
  • contact phone number.

Someone is incapable (unsound mind)

If your relative is of unsound mind and incapable of understanding the nature and significance of enrolment and voting then you will need to complete a form to remove their name from the electoral roll (external link). The medical certificate on the form must be completed and signed by a registered medical practitioner.

Someone has incorrect or inaccurate details

A person can be removed from the roll if they are enrolled for an address that is not their principal place of residence. In most cases this is because they have changed their address and have not updated their enrolment.

Can I buy a copy of the electoral roll?

The electoral roll is no longer published nor made available for sale to the public.

 


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