2018 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.


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 bodies.

You must be enrolled by Thursday 13th September.  Polling is conducted by post from 9 October to 10am 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 24th 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  which are available here: Candidate Information

Did you know voting in Local Government elections is not compulsory?

If you own property within the Municipality you are automatically included on the House of Assembly Roll and therefore included to vote in these elections.

If, however, you own property in the Municipality and you reside outside the area, you may apply to be included on the General Managers Roll.

You may be eligible to be included if you are an owner on the title for the property, or are a resident of the property, ie: a tenant.

Should you wish to apply to be included on the General Managers Roll you are required to complete the Individual Application form below and return to Council.

Companies who own property within the area may also be included on the Roll, however, they are required to nominate a dedicated representative, on Company letterhead. There is also a designated Corporate Application form below which needs to be completed, and both the form and letter returned to Council.

GM Roll – Non-resident Form 2018

GM Roll – Corporate Form 2018

Should you have any queries with regards to this matter please contact Angela Turvey 03 6256 4759.