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Nominating for a position on council

If you are eligible to vote in your local council elections, you are probably also eligible to stand for a position on council. 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. In fact, council actively encourages nominations from people from diverse backgrounds to ensure that a wide range of views are being represented.

Candidate Information Briefing Sessions

Interested persons are invited to a Candidate Information Briefing Session for the upcoming Supplementary Election for Corcoran Ward to be held in Millicent on Tuesday 30 July 2019 from 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm.

The session includes information on the following topics:

  • The role and functions of a council
  • Relationship between councils and other spheres of government
  • Role of an elected member
  • Allowances and expenses
  • Legal responsibilities
  • How elections are conducted
  • Eligibility and the process of nomination
  • Campaigning for election

Candidate Resources

The 2018 Local Government Association Candidate Information Booklet along with their FAQs are available here

Candidate Information

The following Candidate Information section has been established to publish relevant information for Candidates.

Council Area and Ward Boundaries data - The following link is provided to assist Candidates in obtaining information relating to the Council area, in particular defined ward boundaries - http://location.sa.gov.au/viewer/#

Instructions for use of Location SA Map Viewer - once you have navigated to the site, you will notice a menu on the right hand side of the page.  Select the "Datasets" option, then select > Land Management > Boundaries and then turn on or off the Council and Ward Boundaries by selecting "Local Government Areas" and/or "Local Government Area Wards".  To view the Wattle Range Council wards click in the Council area and zoom in.  


Method of Vote Counting - All Council elections are conducted using hte vote counting ysstem known as proportional representation (PR).  Information relating to this can be obtained on pages 32-35 of the Candidate Handbook publication.  The Electoral Commission of SA have published a booklet titled - "Proportional Represetentation (PR) Council Processes and Examples" which can be downloaded below.

Proportional Representation (PR) Count Processes and Examples(549 kb)

Any further enquries should be directed to the Electoral Commission of SA.


Primary & Ordinary Returns - each person who is elected as a member of a council is required to complete a primary return within six weeks after appointment or election. An ordinary return is then required on an annual basis. The Local Government (General) Regulations 2013 prescribes the information required to be submitted, which is detailed in the below forms.  

Primary Return Form    Ordinary Return


Remuneration Tribunal Determination on Local Government Allowances - The following link is provided to assist Candidates in obtaining information relating to Allowances that will apply following the 2018 election -  http://remtribunal.sa.gov.au/content/local-government-allowances


Nomination process

Nominations open Thursday 25 July 2019 and close Thursday 8 August 2019 at 12 noon.

During this time, you must complete and lodge a nomination form which is available from you council and other advertised locations.

You will also be asked to lodge a 150-word candidate profile and a ‘head shoulders’ photograph which will be published on a candidates’ website.


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Election Signage Information for Candidates 

Placement of election signage in the Wattle Range Council may be undertaken in accordance with the Local Government Association of South Australia Election Signs - General Approval Guidelines and council's By-Laws. The Guideline provides information about when and where signage can be placed and specifications that signs must meet. 

Other than as provided for in the above guidelines and By-Laws, Council does not approve any other placement or affixation of election signage. 

As a courtesy, candidates may notify Council of their intent to place signage in the Wattle Range Council area by email to council@wattlerange.sa.gov.au

For the 2019 Local Government Wattle Range Council Supplementary Election - Ward Councillor for Corcoran Ward, the polling day (being the day of close of voting) is Monday 9 September 2019. Elections signs may be erected during the period commencing 4 weeks immediately before polling day.
This means that election signs can be erected at or after 12 August 2019.

Signage Information Last Updated: 25 June 2019


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