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2018 Elections

Unlike State and Federal elections, it is not compulsory to vote in South Australian council elections. However, council elections are the biggest single voluntary civic participation activity in the state with nearly 360,000 people voting in the 2014 council elections.

Another important difference from State and Federal elections is that all voting in council elections is done by post. Enrolled voters receive a voting package through the mail and return their votes in a reply paid envelope.

Meet the Candidate Forum

Town of Gawler has scheduled the forum to provide all candidates the opportunity to present themselves to the community and for the community to ask questions of the candidates. A copy of the promotional flyer can be viewed HERE.

Session:  Meet the Candidates Forum Date:  Wednesday, 3 October 2018 Time:  7:000pm Venue:  Multi-purpose room, Gawler Sport & Community Centre, 7 Nixon Tce, Gawler

Candidate Briefing Sessions

Town of Gawler with the LGA has scheduled an information session for potential election candidates on 18 August 2018. A copy of the program can be viewed HERE. This session will be a regional session.

To view a copy of the presentation by the Electoral Commission of South Australia click HERE.

To view a copy of the presentation by Mr Henry Inat, CEO of the Town of Gawler click HERE.

Session: Make a Difference- Nominate for Council
Date:  Saturday, 18 August 2018
Time:  10am to 3pm (lunch included)
Venue:  Conference room, Gawler Administration Centre, 43 High Street, Gawler East

Authorised by CEO Henry Inat, Gawler Administration Centre 43 High Street, Gawler. SA 5118

Nominations for the 2018 Council Elections closed at 12 noon on Tuesday 18 September.

Town of Gawler's 2018 Council Elections Nominees, received from the Electoral Commission of South Australia, is listed below.

Mayor - 1 vacancy. No Election Required

Area Councillor - 10 Vacancies  Contested
TOOLEY, Ian Malcolm
SHACKLEY, Adrian David
LITTLE, Paul Robert
GIDMAN, Beverley
KOCH, Paul
GEJAS, Shauna
SYMES, Robin (Nobby)
SHANKS, Nathan

For more details please visit the LGA Candidates Website HERE.

Key Dates

Roll close 5pm, Fri 10 Aug 2018

Nominations Open Tues 4 Sept 2018

Nominations Close 12 noon, Tues 18 Sept 2018

Mail out of voting materials Mon 22 - Fri 26 Oct 2018

Close of voting 5pm, Fri 9 Nov 2018

2018 Information

The voters’ roll for council elections consists of two components – the House of Assembly (State Electoral) Roll and the Council Supplementary Roll.

House of Assembly Roll

If you are on the House of Assembly Roll you will automatically receive a voting pack mailed to your registered address.

If you have moved house or changed your name, you need to complete a new enrolment form, available at your local Post Office or at

Council Supplementary Roll

If you are not enrolled on the House of Assembly Roll you may be eligible to register on the Council Supplementary Roll if:

  • You have been resident at your current address for one month and are not on the House of Assembly Roll
  • You are a sole owner/occupier of rateable property
  • You are NOT an Australian Citizen but you have been a resident at your current address for one month
  • You are a landlord for rateable property
  • You are an organisation/business owner or occupier of rateable property
  • You are a group of owners or occupiers of rateable property

Application forms for enrolment on the Council Supplementary Roll can be found below:

Completed applications are to be forwarded to:

Chief Executive Officer
Town of Gawler
PO Box 130
GAWLER  SA  5118

Applications close 5pm Friday 10th August 2018

Under the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, there is a requirement to purge the council supplementary roll on 1 January of every election year. All landlords, business lessees and resident non-Australian citizens are removed from the council voters roll (with the exception of City of Adelaide) and must re-enrol to be able to vote.

If you have been removed from the roll under these provisions you must re-enrol before the roll close deadline on Friday 10 August 2018, otherwise you will not be able to vote in 2018 elections.

‘Application for enrolment’ forms will be available from your local council or the Electoral Commission of SA after 1 January 2018.

Most people who are on the council voters roll can stand for election.

Becoming a councillor is one of the most direct ways that you can influence decisions that affect the quality of life in your local area.

If you are interested in representing the people of your community on council, the Electoral Commission of SA and the LGA(SA) provide a range of resources to help you understand the role and responsibilities of being a councillor. The updated resources can be found HERE

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE that there may be changes to this information as a result of pending changes to the Local Government Act (1999) and the Local Government Elections Act (1999). The 2014 information should be read for background information only.

Nominations for the 2018 local government elections open Tuesday 4 September 2018 and close Tuesday 18 September 2018 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.

You should refer to the 2018 candidate resources for more information about the nomination process and requirements, you can view them HERE

The rules for local government elections are set out in the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, an act of the South Australian Parliament. To view the Act go to

Supplementary elections are held from time to time as required under the Local Government Act 1999. Information regarding supplementary elections can be found here: Electoral Commission of SA