Local Government Elections

Councils have a significant impact on the lives of all Tasmanians, enabling the economic, social and cultural development of the community, supporting individuals and groups, and providing a wide range of services for the wellbeing of the community. 

The next Local Government elections will be held during October 2014. 

2014 Tasmania Local Government Elections - Key Dates

Notice of Election

Saturday 13 September

Electoral Rolls Close

6pm Thursday 18 September

Nominations Close

12noon Monday 29 September

Announcement of Nominations

12 noon Tuesday 30 September

Polling Period

Tuesday 14 October to 10am Tuesday 28 October

Counting and announcement of results

From Tuesday 28 October 2014

The rules for elections are set out in the Local Government Act 1993 (Part 15).

Enrolling to Vote

Almost everyone over 18, living, owning or leasing property in a municipality (or Council area) can be eligible to vote. 

  • You can vote if you are on the State Electoral Roll and are resident in the municipality (you don’t have to own a property).
  • You can vote if you own or manage property in the municipality but are not resident, but you need to complete an enrolment form to be included on the General Manager's Roll for owners/occupiers or corporate bodies.

For more information visit the Tasmanian Electoral Commission website.

You must be enrolled by 6pm, Thursday 18th September. 

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Standing as a Candidate

Whether you are a resident, property owner or business operator, becoming a Local Government councillor can be the most direct and rewarding way to contribute to your local community.  

Aldermen/councillors play a vital leadership role, working together to create and implement their community’s vision, strategic direction and the values within which they operate.

Mayors, deputy mayors and councillors are all elected for four year terms.  Mayors and deputy mayors are popularly elected.

Standing for election provides you with a great opportunity to influence the future direction of the local community and help those who require support. It can be daunting and time consuming, but also rewarding. Councils are complex and vibrant organisations that require talented and dedicated individuals to participate in making the decisions that count. It is an important decision.

Eligibility

To nominate you must be an elector in the Municipal Area and must not:

  • Be a councillor of another council whose term of office is to end after the issue of the certificate of election;
  • Have been barred by a court;
  • Be an employee of the council in that municipal area;
  • Have previously been removed from office of councillor because of inadequacy or incompetence;
  • Be bankrupt;
  • Be subject to an assessment or treatment order under the Mental Health Act 2013 or an order under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1995;
  • Be undergoing a term of imprisonment; and
  • Have been sentenced for a crime but the sentence has not been executed.

You also cannot be a candidate in more than one Municipal Area.

Mayors and deputy mayors are popularly elected and must also nominate.  You cannot be a candidate for both mayor and deputy mayor.  You must successfully stand for and be elected as a councillor before you can accept the office of mayor or deputy mayor.

Currently to stand for Mayor or Deputy Mayor you must have served as a Tasmanian councillor (at any council) for at least 12 months.  Parliament is currently considering removing this requirement.

Resources

The Tasmanian Electoral Commission has produced a candidate information booklet to help you comply with the legislative requirements and election processes.

The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) has produced a presentation and handbook for candidates, Becoming a Councillor which focuses on what councillors do (functions), campaigning and other relevant information.  The LGAT is also currently updating their resource guides for newly-elected councillors and mayors.  

The nomination period for candidates closes at noon, on Monday 29thSeptember.

Voting

By voting, you can help influence what sort of place your community will be.  It is about your future so vote for the representative(s) you want.  Talk to other people you know and encourage them to vote too.

Voting in the Local Government Elections is about voting for who decides about some key things that happen in your local community.  The people who get elected to the Council will help decide what happens locally – for now and into the future.  Each candidate standing for election to the Council is likely to have different views about what should happen in your community.  Find out what they are to help you work out who you want to vote for.

A short statement from each candidate will be posted to you with your postal voting papers and this year there will also be photos of candidates.  Contact candidates to talk to them about what they want for the area and why they want to be elected. You may decide that some candidates will be better at representing you and your views than others.

Voting in the Local Government Elections in Tasmania is conducted by Postal Ballot.  You will receive a ballot pack containing:

  • Ballot papers
  • A booklet of candidate statements and voting instructions
  • A ballot paper envelope (which must be signed)
  • A reply paid envelope for returning your ballot paper

The Hare-Clarke distribution of preferences is undertaken for all councillor elections.  For more information on Hare-Clark click here.

Polling is conducted by post from Tuesday 14th October to 10am, Tuesday 28th October.