The City of Launceston is made up of 12 Aldermen, including Mayor and Deputy Mayor, who are elected by the community every four years.
Our Mayor and Deputy Mayor are also elected by public vote every four years and serve for that period, but must be an alderman to be eligible for either position.
Aldermen must adhere to a Code of Conduct. Read the Policy here(PDF, 239KB).
Any expenses aldermen incur as a result of their role will be reimbursed by the City of Launceston. Read about the Mayor and Aldermen's Expenses Resources Policy (PDF, 65KB)here(PDF, 117KB).
The Record Keeping for Aldermen Policy(PDF, 67KB) outlines how aldermen are expected to keep accurate records of activities and decisions in their role.
Please contact us with any questions about Council.
Local Government elections are scheduled for the last Tuesday in October 2018. To vote in the City of Launceston elections, you must be enrolled on the state electoral roll (Tasmanian House of Assembly Roll), with an address in the Launceston municipality, or be enrolled on the General Manager's Electoral Roll for the Launceston municipal area.
General Manager's Electoral Roll eligibility
You may be eligible for the General Manager's Electoral Roll if:
- you are a resident in the Launceston municipality, but not eligible for the state electoral roll (eg you are not an Australian Citizen); or
- You own or occupy land in Launceston, but do not live in Launceston (eg you lease a shop or own a property); or
- You are the nominated representative of a corporate body, which owns or occupies land in Launceston.
A voter, in an election in respect of one municipal area, has a maximum of two votes:
- one vote is in his or her own right; and
- one vote is on behalf of a corporate body
To enrol for the General Manager's Electoral Roll
Please complete the relevant form:
General Manager's Electoral Roll - Non Resident(PDF, 65KB)
General Manager's Electoral Roll - Corporate(PDF, 67KB)
Forms may be delivered to the City of Launceston Customer Service Centre, Town Hall or mailed to:
Manager Corporate Strategy, City of Launceston, PO Box 396, Launceston TAS 7250
Please note that forms cannot be submitted online.
Enrolment on the General Manager's Roll is not automatic. If you have previously registered for the General Manager's Roll in Launceston, you are still required to re-register using the attached forms to ensure your details are up to date.
Voting at local council elections in Tasmania is not compulsory. However, if you have an interest in your local municipal area and are concerned to see that your local council performs to your expectations, you are encouraged to exercise your democratic right and vote.
See the Tasmanian Electoral Commission for more information.
The Local Government Association Tasmania also has information on the election process.