The South Australian Local Government Boundaries Commission is the independent body that assesses and investigates council boundary change proposals and makes recommendations to the Minister.
The Commission's responsibilities and procedures are set out in Chapter 3, Part 2 of the Local Government Act 1999.
Boundary change proposals
Boundary change proposals can change the area of a council. Generally, this means altering the area of two or more neighbouring councils - but it can also mean:
- amalgamating two or more councils
- abolishing a council and incorporating its area into the areas of two or more councils
- creating a council.
The Commission can also consider proposals for changing the number of elected members and wards (the representative structure) that makes up a council.
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.
However, members of the public cannot initiate a council amalgamation or the creation of a new council.
There are separate processes for administrative proposals and general proposals. See the relevant guidelines for more details.
The Commission may refuse to inquire into a proposal if it is:
- considered to be vexatious, frivolous or trivial
- not in the public interest
- the same or substantially similar to another proposal
- there is some other good reason to refuse to enquire into a proposal.
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 in accordance with the Act.
- 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)
The Commission publishes details of all boundary change proposals that it receives.
This policy sets out procedures the commission must follow when publishing documents related to council boundary change proposals.
Boundaries Commission Response
Light Regional Council
Campbelltown City Council
City of Burnside
The Barossa Council
Town of Gawler
GPO Box 2329 Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: (08) 7109 7443
Email: boundaries.commission [at] sa.gov.au