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Council Elections

Council Elections

Councils are part of the democratic framework of Australia. In South Australia, Local Government Elections are held every four years. The next periodic council election will take place in November 2022.

Local Government Elections provide an opportunity for the community to elect representatives who will advocate for the interests and needs of the community. The Elected Members facilitate communication between residents and the Council and provide leadership and guidance amongst the community.

The rules for elections are set out in the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999. The Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 and Council's Caretaker Policy outline the requirements for the conduct of Council and its staff during the election period.

Candidates for the City of Holdfast Bay

To view each candidate's profile please click on the link below and select 'Holdfast Bay'

2022 Local Government Election Timetable

Event Date
Roll close 5pm, Friday 29 July 2022
Opening of nominations Tuesday 23 August 2022
Nominations close 12 noon, Tuesday 6 September 2022
Dispatch of ballot material to electors Between Friday 14 October and Thursday 20 October 2022
Close of voting (Polling Day) 5pm, Thursday 10 November 2022
Scrutiny and count 9am, Saturday 12 November 2022

Voting

It is not compulsory to vote in South Australian council elections and voting is done by post. You must be enrolled to vote to receive a voting package through the mail with a reply paid envelope.

If you are not enrolled on the state electoral roll you may still be entitled to enrol to vote if you own or occupy a property or are a resident non-Australian citizen.

To be included on the Council supplementary roll, it is necessary to make an application to the Council for enrolment. Forms below can be accepted in the year of election:

The supplementary roll expires on 1 January of each periodic election year and electors must renew their enrolment on the voters roll.

Election Signs

Signs relating to State or Commonwealth elections are guided by the LGA’s Election Signs: State and Federal Government Elections Guidelines and General Approval for placement or affixation of election signs.

Electoral advertising posters are prohibited for use by candidates during Local Government Election periods. Other local government election signs are guided by Council’s Approval to display local government election signs (General Approval).

Council will provide all candidates upon request with a copy of the LGA’s Election Signs: State and Federal Government Elections Guidelines and General Approval for placement or affixation of election signs, or the Council’s General Approval, and endeavour to ensure that all candidates are aware of their responsibilities.

Any person wishing to make application for the consent of Council to allow electoral signs to be posted, affixed, or erected on land under the care and control of Council (e.g. reserves), should request an application form from the Council.

Should complaints be received that a sign owner has breached relevant guidelines, the owner will be contacted and advised.

If an election sign is considered to unreasonably endanger the safety of members of the public, or restrict the use of a road, or has been vandalised (including offensive language) Council’s authorised officers’ will instruct the sign owner to remove it from the road.

If the owner of the election sign fails to comply immediately (within 24 hours), the authorised officer will remove and dispose of the sign. Any direct costs incurred by Council in relation to the removal of the sign will be charged to the owner of the sign.

Any inconsistency between this Policy and the LGA’s Election Signs: State and Federal Government Elections Guidelines and General Approval for placement or affixation of election signs or Council’s General Approval, the Guidelines and General Approval will prevail.

Authorised by: Roberto Bria - CEO, City of Holdfast Bay, 24 Jetty Road, BRIGHTON SA 5048