The Legislative Council is the Upper House of the Parliament of South Australia. Members of the Legislative Council (MLCs) are elected for a term of eight years, with half of the Legislative Council’s 22 seats declared vacant at each election.
Each MLC is elected to represent the whole state on a system of proportional representation. This system of voting allows a greater diversity of minor parties and independents to be elected to the Parliament. It also makes it difficult for any one party to control the Chamber.