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 latest City of Hobart elections were held in October 2018. View the current City of Hobart Elected Members.
The next City of Hobart elections are scheduled to be held in October 2022.
Resources for candidates
The Candidate Information Booklet from the Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC) 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.
View the City of Hobart Election Signage Policy(PDF, 90KB).
The Nomination Form and online Candidate Statement may only be lodged once nominations are open. The Nomination Form will become available once nominations are open.
More information about Local Government Elections can be found on the Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC) website.
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.
Electoral Enrolment Form(PDF, 59KB) (for both residents not on the electoral roll, and for non-resident owners or occupiers)
Corporate Body Nomination Enrolment Form(PDF, 59KB)
If you are an occupier of a property in the Hobart municipal area you will need to provide a supporting document with your completed Electoral Enrolment Form, showing your name and current address. Examples are your drivers licence, a utility bill, lease agreement, letter from the landlord or other such document.
If you have any questions please contact the City's Rates Team:
Completed Enrolment Forms together with supporting documentation showing residency in the municipal area, where applicable, should be returned to the City of Hobart via:
Election signage in the City of Hobart may or may not require planning approval, based on a number of considerations including size, style, location and timing.
It is also prohibited on Council owned or controlled land.
Find more information on the election signage page, and in the Election Signage Policy(PDF, 90KB).