Elections

Local Government Elections - 16 Oct 2021

Ordinary local government elections are held every two years, on the third Saturday in October.

The 2021 election for the Shire of Wandering will be conducted as an in-person election.

Four positions will be contested at this election. Sitting Council Members whose terms will end on 16 October 2021 are:

  • Councillor Ian Turton
  • Councillor Brendan Whitely
  • Councillor Max Watts
  • Councillor Gary Curtis

The timetable for the 2021 local government elections is available here.

Information for Electors

If you live on or own rateable property in the Shire of Wandering and meet the relevant eligibility criteria, then you are entitled to vote at Council elections.  However, you must be enrolled on either the Residents Roll or the Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Roll in order to do so. 

In order to vote in the 2021 Shire of Wandering local government elections, you must be enrolled on either the Residents Roll or the Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Roll by 27 August 2021.

Residents Roll

If you are enrolled on the State Electoral Roll and you are listed on that Roll as living at an address within the Shire of Wandering (regardless of whether you own the property or not), then you will be automatically included on the Residents Roll for this Shire.

The Residents Roll is maintained by the WA Electoral Commission. If you are not already on the State electoral roll and you meet the eligibility criteria, or if you have changed address recently, then you must complete an enrolment form which can be downloaded from the WA Electoral Commission website. 

You can also check your enrolment details by visiting the Commission’s website.

Any enquiries about the Residents Roll should be directed to the WA Electoral Commission - 13 63 06 (WA only) or (08) 9214 0400

Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Roll

The Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Roll is maintained by the Shire of Wandering. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for inclusion on the Residents Roll then you can apply for inclusion on the Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Roll if:

  • You are an owner of or occupy rateable property within the Shire of Wandering but are enrolled on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll at an address outside the Shire; or
  • You are not an Australian citizen (and therefore are not eligible to be on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Rolls), but you appeared on the Shire’s 1996 Electoral Roll and you have owned or occupied rateable property within the Shire continuously since at least March 1996.

Applications for enrolment as a Non-Resident Occupier must be accompanied by a copy of the lease, tenancy agreement or other legal instrument that shows continuous occupation for a least three months from the date of application.

Applications for enrolment as a Non-Resident Occupier must be accompanied by a copy of the lease, tenancy agreement or other legal instrument that shows continuous occupation for a least three months from the date of application.

Enrolment Eligibility Claim Form

Joint Owners and Occupiers

Where rateable property is owned or occupied by more than two people, the owners/occupiers may nominate two persons from amongst themselves to be enrolled on the Shire’s Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Roll and to vote on their behalf. The nominees must be enrolled on either the State or Commonwealth electoral roll.

Application to Register a Nominee for Co-Owners or Co-Occupiers

Corporations

A body corporate which owns or occupies rateable property within the Shire of Wandering may nominate two persons to be enrolled on the Shire’s Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Roll and to vote on its behalf. The nominees must be enrolled on either the State or Commonwealth electoral roll. 

Application to Register a Nominee for a Body Corporate

Please contact the Shire for further advice on applying for inclusion on the Shire of Wandering Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Roll.

Information for Candidates

In order to stand for election as a Council member, you must:

  • be 18 years of age or older;
  • be an elector of the Shire of Wandering;
  • not be nominating as a candidate in another election; and
  • complete the mandatory online induction course.

Nominations

Under the Local Government Act 1995, candidates can submit their nominations to the Returning Officer during a seven day window commencing 44 days prior to Election Day. 

In 2021 the nomination period will open on Thursday, 2 September 2021 and close on Thursday, 9 September 2021 at 4pm.

Prior to lodging your nomination with the Returning Officer, the Local Government Act 1995 (s.4.48(1)(d)) requires that you complete a candidate induction. This is must be completed online via the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ website.

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