Nomination process  

Nominations for the 2018 council elections has now CLOSED



Please click to download an electronic copy of the "Make a Difference - Nominate for Council" handbook.

 Make a Difference - Nominate for Council Handbook


Candidate Briefing Sessions were held:

Tuesday 4 September, 7pm – Playford Civic Centre, Council Chambers

Wednesday 5 September, 7pm  – Virginia Horticultural Training Centre, Old Port Wakefield Rd, Virginia

Thursday 6 September, 7pm – One Tree Hill Institute, 1009 Black Top Rd, One Tree Hill            

Please find a copy of the 2018 Candidate Briefing Presentation here: 2018 Candidate Briefing Presentation(2236 kb)                                                                                            

Who can become a Council Member?

Most people are eligible to vote in local council elections, and as such, also likely to be eligible to stand for a position on council.

You can nominate for a position on council regardless of qualifications, religion, race, gender, experience or profession. In fact, councils encourage nominations by people from diverse backgrounds to ensure that a wide range of views are being represented.

In South Australia there are around 700 council members who are as diverse as the reasons that motivated them to stand for election.


Eligibility criteria

Anyone can stand for election as a council member (either mayor or councillor) if they are:

an Australian citizen (or, if not a citizen, they were a member of a council between 5 May 1997 and 1 January 2000), and

an elector for the area or the designated person for a body corporate or a group which has its name on the voters roll for the area.

You are not eligible if you:    

  • Are a State or Commonwealth parliamentarian.
  • Are an undischarged bankrupt or receiving the benefit of a law for relief of insolvent debtors.
  • Are disqualified from holding office by a court order.
  • Are an employee of the council for which you are considering nominating.
  • Are a candidate for election in another council area.
  • Have been sentenced to imprisonment and are, or could become liable to serve the sentence or the remainder of the sentence.

To be a councillor in South Australia you must meet the above eligibility criteria, however there is no restriction on people with dual citizenship.

If you have any doubts as to whether you are eligible you should contact your council or speak to the Electoral Commission of South Australia (ECSA) Deputy Returning Officer.


How to nominate for Council?

Having ensured you are on the council voters roll, you must complete the appropriate nomination form which is available in the nomination kit from your council or ECSA’s website. Nominations can be accepted after nominations open on 4 September 2018 and before nominations close at 12 noon on 18 September 2018.

You are eligible to nominate as a candidate as long as you are an Australian citizen and enrolled to vote in your area, or the designated person for a body corporate or a group which has its name on the voters roll for the area.

The Candidate Handbook, included in the nominations kit sent to prospective candidates by ECSA provides a detailed explanation of the eligibility criteria and the nomination process.

If you are interested in nominating to be a candidate refer to the Electrol Commission of SA Candidate Handbook which provides a detailed explaination of eligibity criteria, the nomination and election process.

Nomination kits will be available at each council office two weeks before nominations open.




Authorised by Mal Hemmerling * 12 Bishopstone Road, Davoren Park, SA 5113 * * (08) 8256 0333

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