Nominating for an election

Becoming a member of council is one of the most rewarding ways to contribute to the community. In addition to providing community engagement, representation and leadership for residents and ratepayers, you will help shape a broad range of strategies and policies, acting according to the powers conferred by the Local Government Act 1999 and the City of Adelaide Act 1998.

You must have a voting entitlement in the City of Adelaide area to nominate, so visit Enrolling to Vote to see if you're eligible, and for the 2020 Supplementary Election (Area Councillor), make sure you're enrolled by 5:00pm Friday 30 April 2021.

Nominations for Council's 2021 Supplementary Election open on Thursday 27 May 2021, and close at 12 noon Thursday 10 June 2021. Nomination forms and Candidate Information Packs will be available from the Customer Centre.

If you are considering nominating for the Area Councillor vacancy, please contact our Council Liaison Officer:

8203 7203

Candidate Information Session

If you are interested in nominating, a Candidate Information Session will be held on Thursday 20 May, 1:00 pm at the Adelaide Town Hall.

This session will provide prospective candidates with information regarding what it's like to be a Council Member, the nomination process, and electoral processes and requirements. This session will also provide you an opportunity to ask questions and pick up your nomination pack. If you're interested in nominating for a position, please come along to find out more.

Who can nominate as a candidate?

Anyone can nominate regardless of qualifications, religion, gender or employment provided that:

  • you are an Australian citizen or have been a member of a Council at any time between 5 May 1997 and 1 January 2000
  • you are an elector for the City of Adelaide area, or the nominee of a body corporate or a group either of which has its name on the council's voter roll (you must be an officer of the body corporate, or a member of the group, or an officer of a body corporate that is a member of the group).

    You are ineligible to nominate if you are:

    • a Parliamentarian
    • an undischarged bankrupt
    • discharged from holding office by a court order
    • a council employee in the council for which you are nominating
    • a candidate in another council area
    • likely to serve a term of imprisonment.

    Our welcoming and inclusive workplace

    At the City of Adelaide, we thrive in an environment that is welcoming, inclusive and safe, and celebrates difference. We value and embrace our diverse perspectives and recognise the value diversity has in fueling innovation and enabling brilliant experiences for our diverse community. We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and people living with disability to apply. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive workplace.

    Electoral material for candidates

    To ensure you are fully aware of all of your responsibilities, please familiarise yourself with the provisions of the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, the Local Government Association of South Australia's campaigning guidelines, and the information provided in your Candidate Information Pack.

    If you still have questions, please contact the Electoral Commission or obtain legal advice.

    Throughout your election campaign, and even before you have officially nominated, you need to be aware of some important laws around electoral material.

    The Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 defines electoral material as “an advertisement, notice, statement or representation calculated to affect the result of an election or poll”. This definition is quite broad and covers public statements, social media statements, business cards, pamphlets and more, which are designed to affect an election (i.e. the promotion or denouncement of candidates). It also covers electoral material prepared or published by someone other than the candidate – so it will apply to anyone who publicly supports you as well.

    The Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 requires that any electoral material must contain:

    • the name and address of the person who authorises the publication of the material; and
    • in the case of printed electoral material – the name and address of the printer or other person responsible for undertaking its production.

    It is also an offence to publish electoral material which contains inaccurate or misleading information.

    Election signs in public places

    A General Approval has been issued for any signs being posted, affixed or erected on property under the care and control of Council, SA Power Networks and DPTI.

    For any signs being erected on SA Power Networks and DPTI infrastructure, the following terms and conditions for signs must be complied with:

    • For State and Commonwealth elections, signs may be erected from the day of the issuing of the writs to the close of polls on polling day
    • For Local Government elections, signs may be erected during the period commencing 4 weeks prior to polling day until the close of voting on polling day
    • Signs must be secure and maintained in good repair at all times
    • Signs must not be self adhesive
    • Signs need to be a minimum of 2 metres and not more than 3 metres from the ground
    • Signs should not exceed 1 square metre and be limited to one sign per site/stobie pole/light pole
    • Signs must not be illuminated or self lit
    • Signs must not advertise any organisation other than a registered candidate
    • Signs need to be removed within 48hrs after the close of voting.

    Need more information?

    If you have further questions please see the ECSA website or contact our Council Liaison Officer:

    8203 7203

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