Ordinary local government elections are held on the third Saturday in October every two years for 50% of the members of the Council members. Any eligible elector can stand for council. There is no requirement for a candidate to belong to a political party or other organisation. The next Local Government Elections will be held in October 2013.
Who is able to vote in a local government election?
All local residents and business owners/occupiers are encouraged to enrol to vote in local government elections.
Residents should ensure they are on the electoral roll before the elections in order to vote. Further information and enrolment forms are available from the WA Electoral Commission's website www.waec.wa.gov.au or by phone 13 63 06.
Application for electoral enrolment
This is the standard enrol to vote form that registers you to vote in federal, state and local government elections. It must be returned to the WA Electoral Commission, not the Shire of Chittering.
Form 2 – Enrolment Eligibility Claim
Application to register non-resident owners and occupiers who are not included on the State/Federal roll. *Incorporating Notice of Nomination of co-owners or co-occupiers (is required by CEO).
You may make a claim for eligibility using this form at any time. However, if you want to be on the roll for a particular election you must give your claim form to the local government more than 50 days before the election date (close of rolls).
Form 2A - Application to Register a Nominee for a Body Corporate
The body corporate may make a claim for eligibility using this form at any time. However, if the body corporate wants to be represented on the roll for a particular election it must give its claim form to the local government more than 50 days before the election date (close of rolls).
Form 2B – Application to Register a Nominee for Co-Owners or Co-Occupiers
All, or a majority of, owners or occupiers may make a claim for eligibility using this form at any time. However, if you want to be represented on the roll for a particular election you must give this claim form to the local government more than 50 days before the election date (close of rolls).
Are you interested in standing for Council?
Nominations to stand for Council open in the September of the election year and details can be obtained by contacting the Department of Local Government and Regional Development, Level 1 Dumas House, 2 Havelock St, West Perth 6005 or PO Box R1250, Perth WA 6844, telephone 9217 1500, facsimile 9217 1555, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.dlg.wa.gov.au.
Individuals who wish to run for Council need to nominate as a candidate (see forms below). In order to nominate, a person must be either an eligible resident or non-resident property owner/occupier, and be on the electoral roll as an elector of the district at the close of enrolments. However, the candidate need not be an elector of the particular ward he/she is standing for.
An individual isn't able to run for Council if he/she:
is on the electoral roll as a nominee of a body corporate
is a member of the Legislative Assembly, Legislative Council, House of Representatives of the Senate
is already a member of another Council or any other local government
is an insolvent under administration
is in prison serving a sentence for a crime
has been convicted of a serious local government offence within the past five years
Nomination form - by candidate
Nomination form - by agent
Western Australian Electoral Commission
Department of Local Government
Local Government Elections 2009 - results