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.
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)
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 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:
- LGA Candidates Website
- LGA Facebook Page
- ECSA Facebook Page
- ECSA YouTube Channel
- ECSA Website
- ECSA Mutilingual Instructions
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 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 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)
An updated Model Policy and Guidelines have recently been issued: click here