Local government elections 2022

Local government election tagline - Make your mark. Vote local.

 Candidates, printers, publishers, and broadcasters are required to submit an electoral advertising return with the TEC, reporting particulars of election related advertising.  Learn more  


Counting of votes commenced Wednesday 26 October.

Final results  

Voting information

Local government elections are conducted by postal ballot. Voting is now compulsory.

  Polling closed at 2pm Tuesday 25 October 2022.

Your candidates

 The candidates [PDF, 196KB] This list includes candidates for the King Island councillor vacancy.

Media releases  

Daily returns

Final return rate for postal votes by council and region.

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What happens when the polls close (2pm Tuesday 25 October)?

Tuesday 25 October

At 2pm:
  • ballot boxes located in local councils offices will be sealed and transported to the counting centres in Hobart and Invermay
  • the extraction of ballot papers from anonymous (de-tagged) declaration envelopes will begin in Hobart (for southern councils) and Invermay (for north and northwest councils)
By the end of Tuesday evening:
  • all ballot papers will be returned to the counting centres, extracted and balanced
  • data entry of councillor ballot papers will commence for a limited number of councils

Wednesday 26 October

  • Morning commencement of hand throws of mayor ballot papers
  • Afternoon commencement of hand throws of deputy mayor ballot papers
  • Mayor and deputy mayor election outcomes expected throughout the day

    Large candidate fields may delay some final outcomes until Thursday 27 October

  • Data entry of all councils continues with release of 20% - 50% first entry figures during the day

Thursday 27 October

  • Hand throw of the Hobart Elector Poll

Wednesday 26 October - Wednesday 2 November

  • Continuation until completion of double data entry of councillor ballot papers. Once completed, all councillor positions will be announced.
  • On completion of data entry, returning officers issue Certificates of Elections for each council

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Local government elections now compulsory

Recent amendments to the Local Government Act 1993 mean that voting in local government elections is now compulsory for all electors on the State roll.

Learn more (media release from Minister, 2 June 2022)  

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The 2022 elections

Elections, conducted by postal ballot, will be held to fill councillor, mayor and deputy mayor positions for all 29 local councils statewide. Each council has between 7 and 12 councillors (including a mayor and deputy) who will be elected for a four-year term of office.

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Election calendar

Saturday 3 September

Notice of election published

Monday 5 September

Candidate nominations open

Thursday 8 September

Electoral rolls close

12 noon
Monday 19 September

Candidate nominations close

12 noon
Tuesday 20 September

Announcement of nominations

Monday 3 October

Polling opens

Monday 3 to Friday 7 October

Postal ballot packs delivered to electors

Tuesday 25 October

Close of poll

Wednesday 26 October

Counting commences

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Returning your ballot pack before the close of polling

To ensure your vote is received by the returning officer by 2pm this Tuesday 25 October, drop your completed declaration envelope into the ballot box at your local council.

Council issuing and receiving locations  

Hobart City Council logo

Hobart City Council elector poll

Hobart City Council electors will also receive an elector poll ballot in their postal voting pack regarding the relocation of the University of Tasmania's Sandy Bay campus to the CBD.

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Considering standing as a candidate?

 Nominations closed at 12 noon, Monday 19 September 2022. King Island councillor vacancy nomination closed 12 noon, Monday 26 September 2022.

Head to our candidate information page to learn more about becoming a candidate. There you'll find our candidate handbook, and the relevant forms and requirements regarding campaigning and nominating.

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Who is eligible to vote?

  Rolls for the 2022 local government elections closed at 6pm Thursday 8 September 2022. If you have moved recently, or other details have changed, you can still update your enrolment for future elections.

Everyone on the State roll is automatically enrolled and required to vote at the local government elections.
Other people who own or occupy land in the municipal area or are the nominated representatives of a corporate body which owns or occupies land in the municipal area, may also be eligible to enrol, but must lodge an application with the General Manager.

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Tasmania's local government councils

Tasmania has 29 councils.

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Who represents you?

Use this simple search tool to see who currently represents you at each level of government.

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Reporting of electoral advertising

Candidates, printers, publishers, and broadcasters are required to submit an electoral advertising return with the TEC, reporting particulars of election related advertising. 

These returns must be returned no later than 45 days after the day on which the returning officer gives a certificate of election.

  Due date for candidate returns:

Thursday 15 December 2022 - Brighton, Central Highlands, Derwent Valley, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Glenorchy City, Huon Valley, Kingborough, Sorell, Southern Midlands, Tasman and West Coast.

Friday 16 December 2022 - Break O’Day, Burnie City, Central Coast, Circular Head, Clarence City, Devonport City, Dorset, Flinders, George Town, Hobart City, Kentish, King Island, Latrobe, Launceston City, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands, Waratah-Wynyard and West Tamar.

  All printers', publishers' and broadcasters' returns are due by Friday 16 December 2022.

Find the apropriate information manuals and forms for use below.

  Candidate's advertising return

  Printer's return and manual

  Publisher's return and manual

Complete one form for each publication.

  Broadcaster's return and manual

Complete one form for each broadcast.

Related information

Voting information

Local government elections are conducted by postal ballot...

Learn more   
Your candidates

Candidates by council. Includes candidate statements...

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Check your enrolment, update your details, or enrol to vote...
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Information for candidates

Handbook + other information...

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Local government areas

Map of Tasmania's local government (municipal) boundaries.

Map [PDF, 2.0MB]  
Previous elections

Results of previous elections.
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