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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Changes to Local Government Electoral Arrangements

The Tasmanian Parliament has passed the Local Government Amendment (Elections) Bill 2013 which makes changes to the local government electoral system including:

  • the banning of dual representation, so that a person cannot hold a seat on council and in State Parliament at the same time; and
  • the introduction of all-in, all-out elections every four years, with four-year terms for Mayors and Deputy Mayors.

The Local Government (Elections) Order 2013 has been approved by the Governor to postpone the local government elections from October 2013 to October 2014.

It is important to defer the local government elections for one year to allow the reforms to commence at the same time.

The Local Government (Casual Vacancies) Order 2013 and the Local Government (Number of Councillors) Order 2013 have also been approved. 

The purpose of these Orders is to reduce the number of councillors elected to the Central Coast, Devonport City, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Glenorchy City, Kingborough and Tasman Councils.  Casual vacancies, if they arise, will not be filled until the desired reduction is achieved.

The full reduction of councillor numbers will occur at the next local government elections in October 2014.