City of Port Lincoln

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






Enrolling to vote

The voter's roll for council elections consists of two components - the House of Assembly (State) roll, and the council supplementary roll.

House of Assembly Roll 

If you are on the House of Assembly roll you will automatically receive a voting pack mailed to your registered address.

If you have moved house or changed your name, you need to complete a new enrolment form, available at your local Post Office or at the Electoral Commission SA office located at Level 6/60 Light Square, Adelaide or phone 1300 655 232 to request a form be sent to you. 

To check and update your enrolment visit the Electoral Commission SA webpage

Council Supplementary Roll

If you are not enrolled on the House of Assembly roll you may be eligible to register on the council supplementary roll if:

  • You have been a resident at your current address for one month and are not on the State Electoral Roll
  • You are a sole owner/occupier of rateable property
  • You are NOT an Australian Citizen but you have been a resident at your current address for one month
  • You are a landlord for rateable property
  • You are an organisation/business owner or occupier of rateable property
  • You are a group of owners or occupiers of rateable property

Under the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, there is a requirement to purge the council supplementary roll on 1 January of every election year. 

If you were previously on the Council Supplementary Roll and you meet the above criteria you will need to re-enrol to vote before the roll close deadline on Friday 10 August 2018, otherwise you will not be able to vote in the 2018 elections.

See below for the types of forms available to download:

Council Voters Roll Form 1 - Resident button    Council Voters Roll Form 2 - Business or Organisation button   Council Voters Roll Form 3 - Group of Owners or Occupiers

Please note that the correct form must be completed, witnessed and returned by no later than 5pm on Friday, 10 August 2018 to assist you with enabling you to vote. 

If you have any queries regarding your eligibility for entitlement to vote for the 2018 Council elections please contact the Council on 8621 2300.

Council Voters Roll Form 1 - Resident

Council Voters Roll Form 2 - Business or Organisation

Council Voters Roll Form 3 - Group of Owners or Occupiers

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 

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.

You will also be asked to lodge a 150 word candidate profile and a 'head shoulders' photograph which will be publised 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 July 2018.

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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