The Local Government Boundaries Commission is responsible for investigating council boundary change proposals.
Who can make a proposal?
Proposals are usually submitted to the Commission by local councils or members of the public, but can also be submitted by the Minister or Parliament.
Members of the public can submit a proposal to the Commission to consider:
- council boundary alterations
- changes in the composition of a council or its representative structure
- including unincorporated land into a council.
Members of the public cannot initiate a council amalgamation or the creation of a new council.
Guidelines for preparing a proposal
The following guidelines describe how to submit a proposal, and the process used by the Commission to receive, assess and progress council boundary change proposals.
- Guideline 1 - General Information (PDF 124 KB)
- Guideline 2 - Administrative Proposals (PDF 98 KB)
- Guideline 3 - General Proposals - Submitting a Proposal to the Commission (PDF 106 KB)
- Guideline 4 - General Proposals - Investigations (PDF 96 KB)
- Guideline 5 - General Proposals - Appointing Investigators (PDF 79 KB)
- Guideline 6 - Public Initiated Submissions (PDF 425 KB)
- Guideline 7 - Public Initiated Submissions - Alteration to the Composition or Representative Structure of a Council (PDF 117 KB)
- Guideline 8 - Costs (PDF 77 KB)
- Guideline 9 - Engagement and Consultation (PDF 99 KB)
These guidelines should be read in conjunction with the Local Government Act 1999.
Council boundary change process
As no two proposals will be the same - and the level of consultation or investigation will differ between proposals - the Commission cannot provide timeframes for the boundary change process.
The council or individual submits a potential boundary change proposal to the Commission for feedback.
The Commission will determine whether the proponent can proceed to prepare a General Proposal or if further work needs to be undertaken.
The council or individual submits a more extensive general proposal.
The Commission begins an investigation and thoroughly assesses the proposal. This includes public consultation with affected councils and communities.
The Commission makes a final recommendation in a report that is presented to the Minister for Planning and Local Government.
The Minister for Planning and Local Government makes the final decision based on the recommendations made by the Commission.
If the Minister determines the proposal should proceed, it will be forwarded to the Governor with a recommendation that a proclamation be made.
If the Minister determines the proposal should not proceed, a report must be prepared for both Houses of Parliament.
Local Government Boundaries Commission
GPO Box 2329 Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: (08) 7109 7443
Email: boundaries.commission [at] sa.gov.au