Becoming a councillor is one of the ways you can make a difference and participate in decisions that affect the quality of life in your local area.
If you are interested in the future of your community and are willing to represent the people in your community on council, the Electoral Commission of SA and the Local Government Association of SA provide a range of resources to help you understand the role and responsibilities of being a councillor.
Councils play a significant role in local communities, and collectively manage $22 billion worth of public assets and facilities and annual budgets of $2 billion. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to influence local directions and make a long term, positive impact by setting strategic directions and establishing plans and policies for their council area.
Nominations for the 2018 council elections open Tuesday 4 September and close 12noon Tuesday 18 September 2018. During this time, candidates must complete and lodge the required nomination material with the electoral officer appointed at your local council office. Candidates can prepare nomination material via the on-line nomination portal or a pre-printed nomination form – includes a 150 word candidate profile and an optional ‘head shoulders’ photograph which will be published on a candidates’ website.
It is strongly recommended that nominations be lodged with your local Council well before the closing date to allow time for candidates to make any corrections or alterations required and resubmit before the nomination closing time – if the nomination does not meet requirements no corrections will be accepted after 12 noon on Tuesday 18 September 2018.
Information about eligibility, the role of a councillor and the application process is provided in the information booklet ‘Make a difference – Nominate for council’ which is available on the LGA website http://www.lga.sa.gov.au/councilelections.