Local Government Elections

Local Government Elections

Recent amendments to the Local Government Act 1993 mean that voting in local government elections is now compulsory.

Voting is through a postal ballot.

Council encourages everyone eligible to vote in local government elections to enrol to vote, and have your say.

Eligibility to vote

Eligible voters need to ensure that they are correctly enrolled to cast a vote in the elections.

Almost everyone over 18, living, owning or leasing property in the Tasman Municipality may be eligible to vote.

You can vote if you are on the State Electoral Roll and are a resident in the municipality (you do not have to own a property).

You can vote if you own or manage property in the municipality but are not a resident, but you need to complete an enrolment form to be included on the General Manager’s Roll  for owners/occupiers or corporate bodies.

For more information on enrolment, visit the Tasmanian Electoral Commission website.

The General Manager’s Roll

PLEASE NOTE: the Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC) has advised that the expected date for the close of electoral rolls for the 2022 Tasmanian Local Government Elections is 6 September 2022.  You can find more information on the TEC’s website here.

The General Manager’s Roll is a list of people who are eligible to vote in local government elections, even if they don’t live in the Tasman Municipality.

You may be eligible for the General Manager’s Electoral Roll if:

  • you are a resident in the Tasman Municipality, but not eligible for the State electoral roll (for example, because you are not an Australian Citizen), or
  • you own or occupy land in the Tasman, but do not live in the municipality (e.g. you lease a shop or own a property), or
  • you are the nominated representative of a corporate body which owns or occupies land in the Tasman Municipality.

A voter, in an election in respect of one municipal area, has a maximum of two votes:

  • one vote is in their own right, and
  • one vote is on behalf of a corporate body

How to enrol for the General Manager’s Electoral Roll

To apply to be on the General Manager’s Roll, you need to complete one of the following forms:

  • To enrol a person who is not eligible to be enrolled on the Tasmanian House of Assembly electoral roll within this municipal area (including property owners/occupiers), please complete the General Manager’s Roll Enrolment Form – Individual – 2022 below.
  • To nominate a person to vote on behalf of a corporate body, please use the General Manager’s Roll Enrolment Form – Corporation Nominee 2022 below.

Completed forms can be delivered to Council at 1713 Main Road Nubeena, during business hours, or mailed to:

Tasman Council
Attention:  Governance and Strategy Manager
1713 Main Road, Nubeena, Tas 7184

Please note that forms cannot be submitted online or by email.

Enrolment on the General Manager’s Roll is not automatic. If you have recently updated your enrolment – thankyou. If you have previously registered for the General Manager’s Roll in the Tasman Municipality but need to update your enrolment details, you are required to re-register using the above forms to ensure your details are up-to-date.

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Expected Election Calendar

The Tasmanian Electoral Commission has more information about Local Government elections on its website, and has published an expected election Calendar, up to date information is available here Tasmanian Electoral Commission

Standing as a Candidate

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.

The Tasmanian Electoral Commission’s Candidate Information Booklet provides more information about standing as a candidate in local government elections, the legislative requirements and election processes.

The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) has produced information for potential candidates, which focuses on what Councillors (functions), campaigning and other relevant information.  Further information can be found on the LGAT website

The rules for elections are set out under Part 15 of the Local Government Act 1993