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2018 council elections - nominate (Public)


Nominating as a candidate in a council election

Nominations for council elections open Tuesday 4 September and close 12noon Tuesday 18 September 2018. 

If you are eligible to vote in your local council elections, you may also be eligible to stand for a position on council.

Becoming a councillor presents the opportunity to influence local directions and create long term, positive outcomes within your community and for fellow residents.

Being a councillor is a rewarding challenge; one which requires commitment, responsibility and accountability.

In fact, councils actively encourage nominations from people from diverse backgrounds to ensure that a wide range of views are being represented. The Local Government Association and many councils run information sessions for potential candidates.

With very few exceptions (such as being an undischarged bankrupt, or being disqualified from holding office by a court order), you can nominate for a position on council regardless of qualifications, religion, race, gender, experience or profession.

If you consider yourself to be invested in the future of your community, are willing to learn and participate, and prepared to contribute strategically to decision making processes that benefit your broader community, then you should explore what it takes to be a councillor and nominate yourself for council elections.

If you are interested in representing the people of your community on council, the Electoral Commission of SA and the LGA(SA) provide a range of resources to help you understand the role and responsibilities of being a councillor.

The LGA and some local councils will also run information seminars for candidates during July and August, 2018. Details will be available on this website.

Nomination process

Nominations for the 2018 council elections open Tuesday 4 September 2018 and close at 12 noon Tuesday 18 September 2018. During this time, you must complete and lodge a nomination form which is available from your council.

Please click to download an electronic copy of the Make a difference - nominate for council booklet

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