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. 

Aldermen 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 Aldermen are all elected for four-year terms.  Mayors and Deputy Mayors are popularly elected.

The next Council elections will be held during October 2018. 

Standing as a candidate

Whether you are a resident, property owner or business operator, becoming a Local Government Aldermen 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 below or from the Tasmanian Electoral Commission website.

Resources for candidates:

The Local Government Association of Tasmania has produced a range of resources including presentations and a handbook for candidates which are available here: Local Government Association of Tasmania Election Resources.

The Candidate Information Booklet is an important reference for intending candidates. If you would like a hard copy, copies are available from the TEC office, 169 Main Road, Moonah. Alternatively, call the TEC on 1800 801 701 and they will post one to you.

The City of Hobart has a number of committees that meet each month in addition to a full meeting of Council once a fortnight. Candidates may like to view the Council and Committee meeting schedule and Committee Terms of Reference.  

Department of Premier and Cabinet's Good Governance Guide for Local Government in Tasmania is another resource for the Tasmanian local government sector, primarily elected members.

Nomination Form

The Nomination Form and online Candidate Statement may only be lodged once nominations open on Monday 10 September.

More information about Local Government Elections can be found on the Tasmanian Electoral Commission website

2018 Election Calendar

 Activity  Date
Notice of Election  Saturday 8 September
Nominations Open  9 am Monday 10 September
Rolls Close 6 pm Thursday 13 September
Nominations Close 12 noon Monday 24 September
Announcement of Nominations 12 noon Tuesday 25 September
Close of Polling 10 am Tuesday 30 October

 

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.

City of Hobart elections are conducted by postal ballot. All elections for Aldermen are conducted using a multi-member proportional representation electoral system. This is directly modelled on the Hare-Clark system used for Tasmanian House of Assembly elections. A feature of the Hare-Clark system is that vacant seats are filled by recount rather than by-elections.

Under the postal ballot system there is a ‘polling period’ of at least 10 days (excluding any Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday), rather than a single polling day.

Eligibility to vote

Anyone who is enrolled for House of Assembly elections is eligible to vote.

Others who can register to vote by completing a form available from the City of Hobart are:

  • residents who are not on the State Electoral Roll (for instance non-Australian citizens)

  • non-resident owners or occupiers of property in the Hobart municipal area

  • the nominee of a corporate body.