Consider for a moment how everyday life is improved by the many services that councils provide. Imagine your community without street lighting, rubbish collection, footpaths, libraries, playgrounds and sports club facilities, community halls, seniors’ services – and the list goes on.

Decisions about these services, programs and infrastructure are made by an elected group of Councillors.

There are two forms of elections held to elect council members.

  1. Periodic elections – which are held on a regular four-year cycle, the most recent of which took place in 2018.
  2. Supplementary elections – which are held when a position becomes vacant. An example of when this might happen is when a council member resigns or becomes a member of state or federal parliament.

The next periodic election will take place in 2022. To see a list of current supplementary elections click here.

All voting in council elections is done by post. Enrolled voters receive a voting package through the mail and return their votes in a reply paid envelope. Click here find out more about enrolling to vote or check your enrolment details.

Unlike State and Federal elections, it is not compulsory to vote in South Australian council elections. However, council elections are the biggest single voluntary civic participation activity in the state with nearly 400,000 people voting in the 2018 periodic council elections.