Local Government Elections

Councils have a significant impact on the lives of all Tasmanians, enabling the economic, social and cultural development of the community, supporting individuals and groups, and providing a wide range of services for the well-being of the community.

Councillors play a vital leadership role, working together to create and implement their community’s vision. Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Councillors are all elected for four-year terms.  Mayors and Deputy Mayors are popularly elected. Every four (4) years, residents and ratepayers in Launceston elect councillors to represent their municipal area.

At its meeting of 28 July 2022, the Council approved the Local Government Election Caretaker Policy to enable the Council to maintain its operations at required service levels and establish clear guidelines for the conduct of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councillors and employees during a Local Government Election period.  The policy applies during the Caretaker Period which is the period from the issue of the notice of election through until the close of the polls.  For the 2022 Local Government Elections, the Caretaker Period is 3 September to 25 October 2022.