Information for Legislative Council candidates

Legislative Council candidates may be:

  • independent ungrouped candidates
  • independent grouped candidates
  • candidates endorsed by a registered political party.

The Legislative Council candidate guide and other information will be made available on this page shortly.

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

Independent ungrouped candidate

Independent ungrouped candidates are unaligned to other candidates.

To nominate as an independent ungrouped candidate you must:

  • be nominated by at least 250 persons enrolled and qualified to vote for the Legislative Council district at the close of rolls
  • lodge a completed nomination form accompanied by the details and signatures of at least 250 nominators
  • pay a $3,000 in banker's cheque or Electronic Funds Transfer.

Intending candidates must contact the Returning Officer for the Legislative Council to arrange a time for nomination lodgement. Nominations must be lodged before the close of nominations. It is recommended that nominations be lodged early to allow checking of nominator names. 

Guides and forms

Parliamentary Budget Advisory Services flyer
(PDF 56 kB)
RO 14 Public Funding Guide State Election 2018 (PDF 816 kB)
RO 17 Legislative Council Candidate Guide (PDF 2.11 MB)
RO 17B Unendorsed Candidates Guide - Legislative Council (PDF 969 kB)
RO 17C Public Funding Information Sheet for Unendorsed Candidates (PDF 660 kB)
RO 18 Scrutineer Guide (PDF 2.46 MB)
RO 56 Nominators Declaration Form (PDF 79 kB)
RO 57 Independent Ungrouped Nomination Form (PDF 119 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 Sheet (PDF 72 kB)

Independent grouped candidate

Independent grouped candidates are listed on the ballot paper with other similar candidates by agreement. They are not members of registered political parties.

To nominate as an independent grouped candidate you must:

  • be nominated by at least 250 persons enrolled and qualified to vote for the Legislative Council district at the close of rolls
  • lodge a completed nomination form accompanied by the details and signatures of at least 250 nominators for every candidate
  • pay a $3,000  in banker's cheque or Electronic Funds Transfer for every candidate. 

Intending candidates must contact the Returning Officer for the Legislative Council to arrange a time for nomination lodgement. Nominations must be lodged before the close of nominations. It is recommended that nominations be lodged early to allow checking of nominator names.

Guides and forms

Parliamentary Budget Advisory Services flyer
 (PDF 56 kB)
RO 14 Public Funding Guide State Election 2018 (PDF 816 kB)
RO 17 Legislative Council Candidate Guide (PDF 2.11 MB)
RO 17B Unendorsed Candidates Guide - Legislative Council (PDF 969 kB)
RO 17C Public Funding Information Sheet for Unendorsed Candidates (PDF 660 kB)
RO 18 Scrutineer Guide (PDF 2.46 MB)
RO 54 Independent Grouped Candidate Ballot Paper Details (PDF 101 kB)
RO 55 Independent Grouped Nomination Form (PDF 118 kB)
RO 56 Nominators Declaration Form (PDF 79kB)
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 Sheet (PDF 72 kB)

Registered political party endorsed candidate

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 candidate nomination forms
  • a deposit of $3,000 in banker's cheque or Electronic Funds Transfer for each candidate nominated.

Returning Officer contact details

The Returning Officer for the Legislative Council is:

Mr Trevor Overy
Phone: (08) 7424 7420
Email: Trevor.Overy@sa.gov.au
Address: Level 6, 60 Light Square, Adelaide 5000


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