Local Government Elections are held every four years.
Voting in a Council Election is not compulsory but if you would like to have your say, you will need to be registered on the Electoral Roll in our area, you can enrol here, or on the General Managers Roll. (You can find out more about the General Managers Roll below.)
- Am I eligible to vote in Tasmanian local government elections?
- Do I have to enrol?
- What if I am not an Australian Citizen and I want to vote?
- What is the General Managers Roll?
- What if I live in one Municipal area and have property in another?
- Do I have to vote?
- What happens when I send in my enrolment form?
- Will all information appear on the electoral roll?
- Where can I get more information?
- What if I am part of a corporate body in the area?
- Why was my nomination for the General Managers Roll rejected?
- How many times can I vote?
You are eligible to vote if you are:
- an owner or occupier of land in the electoral area; and
- over the age of 18 years; and
- not serving a term of imprisonment; and
- not subject to an assessment order under the Mental Health Act 2013 or an order under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1995.
If you are enrolled on the State Government’s House of Assembly electoral roll and the address is registered in the Break O’Day Municipality, you are automatically enrolled.
If you are not enrolled and want to vote at a Council election, you must fill out a Local Government General Managers Electoral Enrolment form in order to be eligible to vote. You can find more information here.
Non- Australian Citizens are NOT eligible for the House of Assembly electoral roll BUT you CAN vote in a Local Government Election if you live or own land in the municipality and have completed the General Manager Electoral Enrolment form and have been placed on the General Managers Roll.
If you live in another municipality but own property or a business in our municipality, or are ineligible to enrol with the House of Assembly because you are not an Australian Citizen, but you would like to have a say in the Break O’Day Local Government Elections, you can apply to be on the General Managers Roll. You can register with the General Managers Roll for an individual here. If you are a corporate body and would like to enrol on the General Managers Roll please click here.
A person who lives in one municipal area and is also an owner of property in other municipal areas can enrol and vote in each of those municipal areas but will need to be registered on the General Managers Roll. You can find the form to register with the General Managers Roll for an individual here. If you are a corporate body and would like to enrol on the General Managers Roll please click here.
No. Voting at council elections is not compulsory.
Provided you have met the eligibility requirements, your name will be placed on the electoral roll for the relevant municipal area. At the appropriate time, a postal vote ballot paper will be sent to you.
No. Only your name and address will appear on the electoral roll.
Electoral rolls are made available for public inspection and may be provided to –
You can get more information by contacting us, or the Tasmanian Electoral Commission.
A corporate body which owns or occupies any property in a municipal area is entitled to nominate one person in any municipal area to vote on its behalf at an election in that municipal area.
Nominations to vote must be done by completing this approved form, signed by the nominated person, and lodged with the General Managers Office.
The General Manager may accept the nomination, or reject the nomination if satisfied that the corporate body is not the owner or occupier of land.
The General Manager may reject the nomination if satisfied that the nominated person –
• is not over the age of 18; or
• is serving a term of imprisonment; or
• is subject to an order under the Mental Health Act 2013 or an order under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1995.
A nomination has effect until a fresh nomination is made by the corporate body, or it appears to the General Manager that –
• there has been a change in the ownership or occupation of the land in respect of which the entitlement to vote arises; or
• the nominated person is no longer entitled to be nominated; or
• the nomination has been revoked.
In an election in a municipal area, an individual has a maximum of two votes. One as an individual and one if registered on behalf of a Corporate Body. Generally speaking most people only vote once.