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Local Government Elections



Councils are part of the democratic framework of Australia. The community elects their Council Members every four years and the next general elections happen in 2018. With nearly 360,000 people voting in 2014, Council elections are the biggest single voluntary civic participation activity in the State. Information about the 2014 Council elections can be found on this page and associated links.

Under the Local Government (Elections) Act, the Electoral Commissioner of SA (ECSA) is the returning officer for all Council elections. Find ECSA information here: ECSA

Information about supplementary elections for Councils can also be found on the ECSA site above.


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2014 General Election Results

The final 2014 official election results feed from the Electoral Commission can be found here: Results 2014 Thurs 2.00pm(217 kb). This file contains names of all candidates, the first preference votes they received and the election results - by Council and by position.  Want to know more about how ECSA counts the votes? Proportional Representation explanation.

Updated Summary data on Council elections 1983-2014: Results Summary 1983-2014 Council Elections(40 kb)

Voter turnout by council: Voter turnout 2014 by Council(64 kb)
Voter turnout by ward: Voter turnout 2014 by Ward(28 kb)


2014 Elected Structure of Councils(46 kb)

2014 Nominations List - 18-9 update 9-20am(150 kb)

2014_LGElection_CommunitySurvey_December(8411 kb)

2014 Elections Analysis

A number of reports commissioned by the LGA to analyse or survey aspects of the 2014 Local Government elections will be published here.

2014 Local Government Elections - Media Monitoring Report(380 kb)

2014 Election Campaigns

Councils and the Electoral Commission of SA have legislated responsibility to promote elections. The LGA is responsible for publishing a candidates website and in addition it works in liaison with ECSA to support Councils and undertake complementary promotion. In particular the LGA plays a significant role in promoting nominations. 2014 saw a record number of candidates in contests and of female nominations.

2014 saw the most comprehensive campaigns for Council elections. The following pages provide more information:

Supplementary Elections

Supplementary elections are held from time to time as required under the Local Government Act 1999. Information regarding supplementary elections can be found here: Electoral Commission of SA


2014 Candidate Information Seminars

2014 Candidate Information Seminars - A Guide for Councils(2356 kb)

2014 Candidate Information Seminars - A Guide for Council Power Point Presentation

2014 Guide - So you want to be on Council

A guide for those considering nomination:2014 Council Election - So you want to be on Council - Booklet(3130 kb)

Information Sheets

Information Fact Sheet 1:  Councils at work

Information Fact Sheet 2:  Interested in taking up a role as a Council Member

Information Fact Sheet 3:  On the campaign trail

Information Fact Sheet 4: Where to go for more information

If you want to access these information sheets in packages for under rep groups click here (it will take you to the public nominate page)

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