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. 

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.

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

You can enrol or update your details on the Australian Electoral Commission Website here


General Manager's Roll Eligibility

Non-Resident

If you are on the House of Assembly electoral roll in respect of an address with the municipal area in which you wish to cast your vote at a Council election, you are automatically enrolled.

If you are not on the House of Assembly electoral roll in respect of an address which is within the municipal area in which you wish to cast your vote at a Council election, you must fill out a Local Government Electoral Enrolment form in order to be eligible to vote.

A person who is resident in one municipal area and is also an owner or occupier of land in one or more other municipal areas, is entitled to vote in an election in respect of those municipal areas. You must fill out a Local Government Electoral Enrolment form in order to be eligible to vote.

All forms are available from the Council Offices or by visiting the Electoral Office of Tasmania Website.

Voting by Corporate Bodies

A corporate body which owns or occupies any land in a municipal area is entitled to nominate one person in any municipal area to vote on its behalf at an election in that municipal area.

Nominations to vote must be done by completing a Local Government Electoral Enrolment Corporate Body form, signed by the nominated person, and lodged with the General Manager.

A corporate body may nominate only one person to vote on its behalf at an election in a municipal area regardless of whether it owns or occupies land in several locations in that municipal area.

All forms are available from the Council Offices or by visiting the Electoral Office of Tasmania Website.


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 25th September.

 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. 

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

 


For further information or to ensure your details are correct, please contact the Council Offices on 03 6352 6500 or email dorset@dorset.tas.gov.au