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Councils are part of the democratic framework of Australia. The community elects their Council Members every four years and the next general election happens in 2018. With nearly 360,000 people voting in 2014 state wide, Council elections are the biggest single voluntary civic participation activity in the State. Information about the 2018 Council elections can be found on this page:

Under the Local Government (Elections) Act, the Electoral Commissioner of SA (ECSA) is the returning officer for all Council elections. Find ECSA information here:


The Council area is divided into four wards, with three Councillors representing each ward. Ward boundaries are reviewed periodically or when the number of electors per ward varies by more than 20% from other wards.

Click here for more information about the City of Holdfast Bay Wards

Nominating as a candidate for election

Most people who are on the council voters roll can stand for election.

Becoming a councillor is one of the most direct ways that you can influence decisions that affect the quality of life in your local area.

If you are interested in representing the people of your community on council, the Electoral Commission of SA and the LGA(SA) provide a range of resources to help you understand the role and responsibilities of being a councillor.

The updated resources will be available in early 2018.

It is important to note that there may be changes to this information as a result of pending changes to the Local Government Act 1999 and the Local Government Elections Act 1999. The 2014 information should be read for background information only.

The council will run an information seminar for candidates during August 2018. Details will be available on this website and in the council’s messenger column.

Nomination process

Nominations for the 2018 local government elections open Tuesday 4 September 2018 and close Tuesday 18 September 2018 at 12 noon. During this time, you must complete and lodge a nomination form which is available from you council and other advertised locations.

You will also be asked to lodge a 150-word candidate profile and a ‘head shoulders’ photograph which will be published on a candidates’ website.
You should refer to the 2018 candidate resources for more information about the nomination process and requirements once they become available in early 2018.

2018 Council's Election Timetable

Mail out of voting materialsMonday 22 to Friday 26 October 2018
Close of voting5pm Friday 9 November 2018

Election signs

These Guidelines operate to provide a general approval to authorise the placement or affixation of moveable signs, advertising candidates for election, on a road or onto infrastructure on a road.

A moveable sign may be placed on a road at any time without the permission of the council provided that it complies with the council’s by-laws (section 226(1) of the Local Government Act).

Signs such as corflutes that are advertising candidates for election and which do not comply with council’s by-laws, may be placed on a road without the Council’s permission provided that: the sign is related to a State or Commonwealth election and is displayed during the period commencing at 5pm on 16 February 2018 and ending at the close of polls on polling day.

To download a copy of the election signs guidelines please click here.

Authorised by: Justin Lynch, 24 Jetty Road BRIGHTON SA 5048