Elections

Local Government Representation

Local government councillors are elected to represent the local community. In a city or a town, a mayor is also elected, and in a shire a shire president is elected as the leader of the local government. The Local Government Act 1995 allows for either the community or the elected councillors to elect the mayor or shire president.

The number of councillors in a local government must be between 6 and 15, if the mayor is elected by the council or between 5 and 14 if the community elects the mayor. Within these limits, a local government can determine the number of councillors in its district.

A local government district may be divided into wards. In addition to the elected councillors, who discuss and vote on matters affecting the community they represent, there are also people employed to administer local government. The person charged with the responsibility of overseeing the implementation of council decisions is the Chief Executive Officer or CEO.

Local Government Elections

In Western Australia, Local Government Councillors are elected for terms of 4 years. Elections are held every 2 years on the third Saturday in October for half of the council, and candidates are elected using the proportional representation counting system. Extraordinary elections are held if a vacancy occurs within a term.

Becoming A Councillor

If you would like information on becoming a Councillor please refer to the WA Electoral Commission website www.waec.wa.gov.au

Voting

Voting is voluntary in local government elections in Western Australia. People living in a local government district who are enrolled on the State electoral roll are automatically enrolled on the corresponding local government roll. People who own or occupy property within a local government may apply to that local government to be included on the roll as non-resident owners/occupiers. To do so they must meet prescribed eligibility requirements including being enrolled as an elector on a State or Federal roll. A body corporate may nominate up to two eligible individuals to be included on the owners/occupiers roll.

For further information on voting please refer to the WA Electoral Commission website www.waec.wa.gov.au Sources used - WA Electoral Commission