City of Adelaide council periodic elections are held every four years. They decide the Lord Mayor and Councillors who will represent the city.

The last elections were in November 2018. You can view and learn about the current Lord Mayor and Councillors

The next periodic elections will be in 2022.

Due to the resignation of Councillor Houssam Abiad in January 2020, Council will be holding a supplementary election to fill the Central Ward Councillor vacancy.

Supplementary election - key dates

Key dates for the Central Ward supplementary election are outlined below.

To vote in this election, you must be enrolled in the Central Ward, however to nominate you may be enrolled anywhere in the City of Adelaide area.

Voters Roll closes
5:00 pm, Friday 28 February 2020
Candidate Information Session
Watch this video:
Opening of Nominations
Thursday 26 March 2020
Close of Nominations
12 noon, Thursday 9 April 2020
Mailout of Voting Packs
Tuesday 21 April to Monday 27 April 2020
Close of Voting (Polling Day)
12 noon, Monday 11 May 2020

Enrolling to vote

While voting in council elections is not compulsory, it’s a great way to get involved and have your say to influence the future of your local community.

You must be over 18 to enrol to vote and have lived in the city for one month before the rolls close, or own property within the City of Adelaide boundaries (the city and North Adelaide as bound by the Adelaide Park Lands).

If you are registered on the Australian Federal Electoral Roll or pay City of Adelaide property rates, you will automatically be registered. If you’re not an Australian citizen you can enrol directly with the City of Adelaide using the Resident/Sole Owner/Sole Occupier form.

If you own a business that is run from within the council boundaries you are eligible to vote (you don’t have to own the property the business is in). if you haven’t already, you will need to register your details.

Do I need to enrol to vote?

The following can help you decide if you need to enrol to vote. It’s important to remember that not everyone needs to enrol for Council elections to be included.

Am I enrolled?

If you are a building owner or occupier, use our Electoral Roll Checker to see if you are registered with the City of Adelaide. 
If you are an Australian Citizen resident within the city or North Adelaide, please check your enrolment with the Australian Electoral Commission.

How do I enrol?

There are four ways you can to enrol, but you only need to complete only one:

  • Resident/ Sole Owner/ Sole Occupier Form - If you are a resident but are not an Australian citizen, or if you're the only owner or occupier (in a non-residential capacity) of the property. Non-residents who are the sole owner or occupier of a property can register your details online instead of completing this form.

Once completed, all application forms can be posted to:

City of Adelaide
Rates and Valuation
Reply Paid 2252
Adelaide SA 5001


If you are interested in nominating, nomination kits are available from the Council Customer Centre at 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide. 

Before visiting the Council, please first contact the Council Liaison Officer:

8203 7459

To submit your nomination form electronically, you need to print the relevant form, sign it, scan it and email it to [email protected] along with your profile statement and photograph (optional) by no later than 12 noon, Thursday 9 April 2020.

Please note that if you choose to submit a photo you must write a statement on the back with the words ‘This is a photograph of taken within the past 12 months’, and also sign the back of the photo.

Still not sure?

If you’re unsure which form to use, you can always register your details and one of our Rates team will be in contact with you.

Further information

You'll find further information about the election process on our Frequently asked questions page. If you have further questions please contact our Council Liaison Officer:

8203 7459