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Council Elections and Enrolments

Local government elections are required to be conducted every four years with the next periodic election due in November 2018.  The conduct of the local government elections is set out in the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999.

Key Dates

2018 Councils Elections Timetable            
Roll close 5pm Friday 10 August 2018
Nominations Open Tuesday 4 September 2018
Nominations Close 12 noon Tuesday 18 September 2018
Mail out of voting materials                 Monday 22 - Friday 26 October 2018
Close of voting 5pm Friday 9 November 2018






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.

Electoral Commission SA

Local Government Association of SA or click here to download an electronic copy of the Make a difference - nominate for council booklet.

With very few exceptions (such as being an undischarged bankrupt, or being disqualified from holding office by a court order), you can nominate for a position on council regardless of qualifications, religion, race, gender, experience or profession.

Nominations from people with diverse backgrounds is encouraged to ensure a wide range of views are being represented.  

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 at the Council office or online via the Electoral Commission of SA online nomination portal at  Please note that if you prepare your material online you must print and sign the documentation and lodge it at the Council Administration Office before 12 noon on Tuesday 18 September 2018. 

You will also be asked to lodge a 150 word candidate profile and a 'head shoulders' photograph (optional) 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.

Voting in the 2018 Council Elections

If you are on the state (House of Assembly) electoral roll or have completed an enrolment to join the supplementary roll, you will receive a voting pack in the mail in late October 2018.

The ballot paper in your voting pack will show the candidates standing for election in your Council area.  To find out more about each of the candidates and what they stand for go to the LGA Candidates Website, then complete your ballot paper and return it in the reply paid envelope.  

Votes must be received before 5pm on Friday 9 November 2018 .

Make a difference by participating in your Council Election.



Please note that third party electoral material posted on the City of Port Lincoln Council Facebook page or website will be removed as soon as identified and is able to be removed by Council staff.     

City of Port Lincoln does not take responsibility for posts by others to social media pages and cannot vouch for the accuracy of electorial material posted by third parties.  It is the responsibility of third parties to ensure that they comply with legal requirements, including those under the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, particularly Sections 27 and 28.  

This page is authorised by Stephen Rufus, CEO, City of Port Lincoln, Level One, Civic Centre, 60 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln SA 5606



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PO Box 1787, PORT LINCOLN SA 5606
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City of Port Lincoln ABN: 80 776 127 243
PO Box 1787, PORT LINCOLN SA 5606
Level One, Civic Centre,
60 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln
Telephone: 08 8621 2300 | Fax: 08 8621 2399
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