Voting in council elections is open to a broader range of people than state and federal elections.
The voters’ roll for council elections has two components:
- the State (House of Assembly) electoral roll, and
- the council supplementary roll.
State electoral roll
If you are on the State electoral roll you will automatically receive a voting pack in the case of a supplementary election in your area.
To check if your residential and postal details are up to date on the State electoral roll click here.
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 of South Australia office (located at Level 6/60 Light Square, Adelaide), or
- by calling Electoral Commission of South Australia on 1300 655 232 to request a form be sent to you.
Council supplementary roll
If you are not enrolled on the State electoral roll you may be eligible to register on the council supplementary roll if:
- You have been 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.
For example: If you are not an Australian citizen, and not on the State electoral roll you can vote in a council election, as long as you are above 18 years of age and have lived in the council area for more than one month. You can also vote in a council election if you own a rateable property in the area, regardless of whether you live in it.
Another important difference is that businesses and bodies corporate can vote in council elections. In order to do so you must register on your council’s supplementary roll. See further details below.
Enrolling on your council’s supplementary roll
If you wish to enrol on the council supplementary roll to vote in a supplementary election you should download the information and enrolment form relevant to your particular circumstance and submit it to your council.
1. Resident not on the State Electoral Roll or a Sole Owner or Sole Occupier enrolment form
(Where owner or occupier is a natural person.)
2. Business or Organisation Sole Owner or Occupier (Body Corporate) enrolment form
(A designated person is required to vote on behalf of the body corporate.)
3. Group of Owners or Occupiers enrolment form
(Property owned or occupied by more than one person and/or business/organisation. A designated person is required to vote on behalf of the Group.)
Rolls close approximately 8-10 weeks prior to an election, with the Returning Officer determining the exact date.
If you enrolled on the council supplementary roll after January 1, 2018 you will automatically receive a voting pack in the case of a supplementary election in your area.
However, you should be aware that the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, requires councils to purge the council supplementary roll on 1 January of every election year.
All landlords, business lessees and resident non-Australian citizens are removed from the council supplementary roll (with the exception of City of Adelaide).