Electoral Commission of South Australia

The Electoral Commission SA is an independent office which forms part of the Government of South Australia, and which conducts parliamentary state elections every four years.

Electoral Commission SA
Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of South Australia


In 1907 the then State Electoral Department was established to administer all South Australian parliamentary elections. It was renamed to State Electoral Office in 1993, and to Electoral Commission SA in 2009.[1]

More than 120 parliamentary elections, by-elections and referendums have been conducted by this Office. The State Electoral Commissioner was first empowered to conduct miscellaneous elections in 1980, and later in 1990 the Attorney-General gave approval for the Commissioner to be appointed returning officer for local government elections when requested. In 1999 the Electoral Commissioner was appointed returning officer for all local government elections.

The Commission was the first electoral administration in the world to use computer technology to produce an electoral roll, the first prototype roll scanner, and the development and use of cardboard ballot boxes and voting compartments.

Since 2017, the electoral commissioner has been Mick Sherry.[2] For the previous decade, the electoral commissioner was Kay Mousley,[3] who was the first woman in the role.[4]


Redistributions are handled by the South Australian Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission.

See also


  1. About ECSA Archived 9 May 2018 at the Wayback Machine, Electoral Commission of SA
  2. The Electoral Commissioner Archived 8 May 2018 at the Wayback Machine, Electoral Commission of SA
  3. "SA Electoral Commissioner announces her resignation after a decade in the role". 12 May 2015. Archived from the original on 29 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  4. Adelaide Advertiser "First woman at electoral helm", 7 July 2005 page 13 retrieved through Ebbsco's Australia and New Zealand Reference Database 11 December 2006
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