Council elections are held every four years the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors are elected for four-year terms.
Elections are usually held in October of each election year. The next local government elections are due in October 2022.
The Tasmanian Electoral Commission is responsible for the supervision of local government elections. The Electoral Commission appoints returning officers to run the election.
Want a seat at the table?
Information Session – Brighton Civic Centre, Bridgewater
Community members are invited to a free information session hosted by the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) and Brighton Council.
When: Monday 8 August, 5.30pm-7.00pm
Where: Brighton Civic Centre, 25 Greenpoint Rd, Bridgewater.
Hear from LGAT CEO Dion Lester, Brighton Council General Manager James Dryburgh and Mayor Leigh Gray on what it means to be a Councillor in the Brighton Municipality.
Please RSVP via email: email@example.com
For more information on the local government elections to be held in October 2022, including all of the key dates, please visit the Tasmanian Electoral Commission
If you are considering standing as a candidate you can find information on how to nominate and get a seat at the table on the Local Government Association Tasmania website.
Council elections are conducted by postal ballot.
All elections for councillor positions are required to be conducted by using a multi-member proportional representation electoral system. This is directly modelled on the Hare-Clarke system used for Tasmanian House of Assembly elections.
A feature of the Hare-Clarke electoral 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 fifteen days (excluding any Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday), rather than a single polling day.
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.
If you are currently on the State Electoral Roll for State and Federal Elections for your address in the Brighton municipal area you are automatically on the Local Government Roll.
To check your enrolment on the Electoral Roll please visit the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website at www.aec.gov.au and click on the “Check Enrolment” button. An enrolment form can also be obtained from that website or by calling the AEC on 132 326 or from any post office.
General Manager’s Roll
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 Brighton municipality.
You are eligible to enrol on the “General Manager’s Roll” if you:
- Own land within the municipal area, but you do not live in the area and are registered on the State Electoral Roll at the address outside of the area, or
- Occupy land within the municipal area, but are not eligible to be on the State roll for the area: General Managers Roll_Enrolment Form – Individual
- Are the nominated representative of a corporate body that owns or occupies land in the Brighton municipality: General Managers Roll Enrolment Form – Corporate Nominee
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
Completed forms can be:
- Delivered to the Council Offices, located at 1 Tivoli Road, Old Beach (open from 8.15 am to 4.45 pm weekdays), or
- Mailed to:
1 Tivoli Road
OLD BEACH TAS 7017
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 Glenorchy but need to update your enrolment details, you are required to re-register using the attached forms to ensure your details are up-to-date.
The Tasmanian Electoral Commission has more information about local government elections, and the upcoming 2022 local government elections on its website.