Council Elections

2018 Election Results

A Declaration of Poll reception was held at Moonah Arts Centre on Friday 19 January 2018 and Glenorchy City Council welcomed Mayor Kristie Johnston, Deputy Mayor Matt Stevenson and the following Aldermen:

  • Jan Dunsby
  • Melissa Carlton
  • Gaye Richardson
  • Peter Bull
  • Simon Fraser
  • Bec Thomas
  • Kelly Sims
  • Steven King

The incoming Council attended an induction day that covered various aspects of local government such as the Local Government Act and code of conduct for Aldermen.

Please read the media release if you would like more information on the current Council. Please note: Glenorchy City Council will not go to election in October 2018.


Voting in local government elections is not compulsory. However Council would encourage every eligible voter to ensure that they are properly enrolled and have their say in the elections by completing and returning their postal ballot. Voting in Local Government elections in Tasmania is conducted through a postal ballot. Contact candidates to talk to them about what they want for the area and why they want to be elected. You may decide that some candidates will be better at representing you and your views than others.

Almost everyone over 18, living, owning or leasing property in the Glenorchy City 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), or
  • 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.

General Manager’s Roll

Applications can be made to be placed on for the General Manager's Roll for Glenorchy City Council.

Standing as a candidate

You can consider standing for future elections. Whether you are a resident, property owner or business operator, becoming a Local Government councillor can be the most direct and rewarding way to contribute to your local community. 

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. Mayors and deputy mayors are popularly elected.

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.


Under section 270 of the Act, a person is eligible to nominate as a candidate for the office of councillor if the person:

  • is enrolled on an electoral roll in respect of the municipal area; and
  • has their principal place of residence in Tasmania; and
  • is not a councillor of another council whose term of office is to end after the certificate of election is issued in respect of that other council's elections; and
  • has not been barred by a court under section 48(6) , 338A , 339 or 339A from nominating as a candidate at any election; and
  • is not an employee of the council in that municipal area; and
  • has not been removed from the office of councillor because of inadequacy or incompetency; and
  • is not a bankrupt; and
  • is not subject to an assessment order or treatment order under the Mental Health Act 2013 or an order under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1995; and
  • is not undergoing a term of imprisonment.

A person is not eligible to nominate as a candidate for the office of councillor if the person has been sentenced for a crime but the sentence has not been executed.

You cannot be a candidate in more than one municipal area.

Mayors and deputy mayors are popularly elected and must also nominate. You cannot be a candidate for both mayor and deputy mayor. You must successfully stand for and be elected as a councillor before you can accept the office of mayor or deputy mayor.

For more information

The Tasmanian Electoral Commission has produced a Candidate Information Booklet to help you comply with the legislative requirements and election processes.

The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) has produced a presentation and handbook for candidates, Becoming a Councillor, which focuses on what councillors do (functions), campaigning and other relevant information. Further information may be found on the LGAT website.

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