Information for House of Assembly candidates

House of Assembly candidates may be:

  • independent (unendorsed) candidates, or
  • candidates endorsed by a registered political party.

The following sections describe the nomination requirements for independent candidates or those endorsed by a registered political party.

Independent (unendorsed) candidates

Independent (unendorsed) candidates must be nominated by at least 20 persons who are enrolled and qualified to vote for the same district the candidate is intending to contest at roll close for the relevant election.

Nominations must be accompanied by a deposit of $1,000 in banker's cheque (not a personal cheque) or Electronic Funds Transfer to the Electoral Commission of South Australia. If EFT is made you must provide a printed receipt showing successful lodgement of payment.

To nominate you must lodge the following with the Returning Officer for the district you are proposing to contest:

  • a completed nomination form, and
  • the details and signatures of at least 20 nominators who are electors, and
  • a $1,000 deposit.


Guides and forms


Parliamentary Budget Advisory Services flyer
 (PDF 84 kB)
RO 14 Public Funding Guide State Election 2018 (PDF 816 kB)
RO 16 House of Assembly Candidate Guide (PDF 3.52 MB)
RO 16C Public Funding Information Sheet for Unendorsed Candidates (PDF 604 kB)
RO 18 Scrutineer Guide (PDF 2.46 MB)
RO 44 House of Assembly Nomination Form Independent (PDF 120 kB)
RO 44A House of Assembly Nominators Declaration Form Independent (PDF 78 kB)
RO 45 House of Assembly Voting Tickets Form Independent (PDF 102 kB)
RO 58 Section 130Y Certificate - Unendorsed Candidates and Groups (PDF 126 kB)
RO 59 Scrutineer Authority Appointment Form (PDF 109 kB)
RO 106 Nomination Deposit Information (PDF 74 kB)
RO 16B Unendorsed Candidates Guide - House of Assembly (PDF 965 kB)

Registered political party endorsed candidates

To nominate as a registered political party endorsed candidate, complete a nomination form and return it to your party's registered officer at least four days before the close of nominations.

The registered officer of a registered political party may then lodge directly with the Electoral Commission SA.

Registered officers must submit the following to the Electoral Commission SA, at least 48 hours prior to the close of nominations:

  • all of the party's nomination forms, and
  • a deposit of $1,000 in banker's cheque or Electronic Funds Transfer for each candidate nominated.

Returning Officer contact details

A full list of Returning Officer contact details for the 47 House of Assembly districts are available here.


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