The Liberals gained several seats, but Labor held power with of the support of the two "independent Labor" members.
Before the election, the Liberal Party made allegations of a Labor 'gerrymander', due to the perceived unfair state of the electoral boundaries. While Labor had not instituted any type of imbalanced electoral legislation, it had nonetheless neglected to issue a new redistribution. The electoral districts, with the correct 10 percent tolerances at the time of the 1983 redistribution, had not been updated, and due to population shifts, had changed beyond the tolerance allowed. Legislation made redistributions mandatory by the Electoral Commission of South Australia after each election, and included a 'fairness clause' for boundaries to be redrawn on the basis that the party that wins a majority of the two-party-preferred vote should gain office.
After the election, Olsen was replaced as Liberal leader by Dale Baker.