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Changes to council boundaries

Proposals for council boundary changes can be initiated by two or more councils or members of the public. The procedures for council boundary changes are set out in the Local Government Act 1999 (Chapter 3, Part 2), which can be accessed via the South Australian Legislation website.

Guidelines for preparing a proposal - current process

Local Government (Boundary Adjustment) Amendment Act 2017

On 22 August 2017, the Local Government (Boundary Adjustment) Amendment Act 2017 was assented to by the Governor.  The Amendment Act will commence on 1 January 2019, and will significantly reform the processes within the Local Government Act 1999 (the Act) that govern changes to council boundaries. Further information is contained within the attached Explanatory Paper (328.2 KB).

On 1 January 2019, the Local Government Grants Commission (LGGC) will take on an additional role as the Boundaries Commission, the independent body that will assess and investigate boundary change proposals, and make recommendations to the Minister responsible for the Act. The LGGC is now seeking comment on draft Guidelines that detail the process by which it will receive, assess and progress council boundary change proposals.

The consultation will remain open until 5pm Friday 3 August 2018. Submissions can be emailed to or posted to GPO Box 1533, Adelaide SA 5001.