Enrol to vote in the council elections

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Who can enrol

To be able to vote in the council election, you need to be:

  • are aged 18 years and above;
  • property owner in our Council area ; and/or
  • property occupier in our Council area; and
  • enrolled to vote.

It's not just residents who can enrol for the upcoming elections; other members of the community can also enrol and vote. These can include:

Residents

You must have lived in the City of Adelaide for longer than one month.

  • You own and live in a residential property
  • You live in the property but don’t own it ie residential tenant
  • Students living in the city
  • International students living in the city

Property owners

  • A person who owns property but do not live there
  • Landlords
  • A person who owns the property and lives there
  • Groups (joint owners/occupiers of a facility)

Businesses/Body corporates

  • Owners and occupiers
  • Occupier ie commercial tenant
  • Groups (joint owners and/or occupiers of a facility)

Voting eligibility checker

Use this tool to find out if you can vote in the Council election, and what your voting entitlements are.

Check your eligibility

Check your enrolment

The voters roll for council elections is made up of two parts:

  1. the State (House of Assembly) electoral roll, and
  2. the Council voters roll.

If you received voting papers at the last 2018 Council election and your details have not changed, you will automatically be on the Council voters roll for the 2022 election. If any of your details have changed, you will need to update your enrolment details.

Enrolment must be completed before 5:00 pm 29 July 2022 to be eligible to vote.

Enrolling for residents

If you're an Australian Citizen within the Council area and eligible to vote and you are enrolled to vote in federal or state elections, you're automatically added to the Council voters roll. You can check your enrolment with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

If your enrolment details have changed, update your details on the AEC website.

If you're not enrolled and want to vote in the council election, enrol on the AEC website.

If you’re a Non-Citizen and want to vote in the council election, complete a Form 1 enrolment form to be added to the Council voters roll.

Use this Form 1 if you are:

  • a Non-Citizen resident of our Council area.
  • the only owner of property in our Council area but do not live in our Council area.
  • an occupier of property in our Council area but you don’t live at that property.

Form 1 – Council Voters Roll Natural Person (PDF 422 KB)
Example resident – Form 1 – Council Voters Roll Natural Person (PDF 448 KB)
Example international student – Form 1 – Council Voters Roll Natural Person (PDF 547 KB)

Enrolling for businesses or body corporates

If you own or occupy a business but do not live there, you can check if your business is on the Council voters roll using the voters roll checker for businesses.

If you're not on the roll register your details online OR complete an enrolment Form 2 or 3 based on your below circumstance to be added to the Council voters roll.

Use this Form 2 if you are:

  • the only business owner; and/or
  • the only business occupier.

Form 2 – Council Voters Roll Body Corporate (PDF 522 KB)
Example – Form 2 – Council Voters Roll Body Corporate (PDF 491 KB)

Use this Form 3 if you are:

  • joint owner of a business; and/or
  • joint occupier or a business.

Form 3 – Council Voters Roll Groups Owners/Occupiers (PDF 561 KB)
Example – Form 3 – Council Voters Roll Groups Owners/Occupiers (PDF 578 KB)

Your questions answered

Each person can only vote once in each ward election. If you vote more than once, all of the votes will be rejected.

In saying this, you may have more than one voting entitlement. Try our Voting Eligibility Checker to see all your voting entitlements and the next steps. To find our how to exercise your vote please see ECSA's information on voting in council elections.

If you or your group own/occupy more than one property within the City of Adelaide, you’ll receive a voter’s pack(s) for each ward they are located in.

Check the ward boundaries map to see which ward your properties are located in.

If they’re in different wards, you can vote once in each ward.

Use of a shared workspace facility or car park facility does not in itself give rise to an entitlement to vote.

For a car park or shared workspace facility which is treated by the Council as a single rateable assessment, the following ratepayers/groups of ratepayers would attract an entitlement vote from such premises:

• Any person who is the sole owner of the facility;

• Any person who is the sole occupier of the facility;

• If there are joint owners or owners in common of the facility – those joint owners or owners in common as a group;

• If there are joint occupiers of the facility – those joint occupiers as a group.

In effect, premises such as these could provide a maximum of two votes: one for the owner (or group of owners), and one for the occupier (or group of occupiers). It is noted that in order for an occupier (or group of occupiers) to qualify for enrolment, they must be included on the Council’s assessment record as the occupier for that assessment.

It is also important to note that merely using a shared workspace or car park does not necessarily make the user an “occupier” – the question of whether a person is an occupier is highly dependent upon the particular legal arrangements in place at the relevant facility.

We recommend you direct your questions to the Rates and Voters Roll team at [email protected]

Under the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 (SA), all electoral material has to include a statement about who authorised and/or printed it. This legislation applies to everyone, not just candidates.

If you see anything that you think is intended to influence the result of the election, that doesn’t include the authorisation, you can contact the Electoral Commission of South Australia.

You will need to let them know, in writing:

  • exactly where the sign is, and provide a photograph if possible; or
  • include a copy of printed material; or
  • provide the date, time and details of the social media account on which it was posted.