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.

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.

The next Council elections will be held during October 2018.

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.

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

  • You can vote if you are on the State electoral role and are resident in the Council area (you don’t have to own a property).
  • You can vote if you own or manage property in the Council area but are not resident, but you need to complete an enrolment form for owners/occupiers or corporate bodes.

You must be enrolled by Thursday, 13 September.  Polling is conducted by post from 9 October to 10 am Tuesday 30 October.

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.

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.

The nomination period for candidates closes at noon on Monday, 25 September 2018.

Elections are conducted by the Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC).  Information on dates and for those considering standing as a candidate is available from the TEC, along with a guide: Information for Candidates.

The Local Government Association of Tasmania has also produced a range of resources including presentations and a handbook for candidates, Becoming a Councillor .