Published: Thursday, 15 August 2019 at 2:16:13 PM

Local Government Elections

Local governments make many decisions that affect your community and it is vital that your views are taken into consideration. By voting at local elections, you can contribute to effective local government. If you don't vote, you have no say in determining the person who represents you when making decisions in areas like local planning and development, recreation space and the upkeep of your community.

Local government ordinary elections are held every two years, on the third Saturday in October.

The next local government election will be held on

Saturday 19th October 2019.

Councillors are elected for four year terms, with half of the Councillors’ terms concluding at each biennial election.  To be eligible to nominate as a candidate you must be an elector of the district (residential or owner/occupier) and over 18 years of age.

To be eligible to vote in an upcoming election individuals need to ensure that they are on the electoral role. For local government elections, rolls close at 5.00 pm, 50 days prior to polling day. All electors should check their enrolment details are up to date before rolls close.

If the number of candidates is equal to the number of vacancies, the candidate is elected unopposed. If there are more candidates than vacancies, then the election will proceed.


Nominations Open on 5th September and Close at 4.00pm on 12TH September 2019

For information download the Standing for Council document which can be found here.

To nominate as a candidate for a local government election, the candidate must make a valid nomination application. This consists of:

  • a completed nomination form -
  • a candidate profile (150 words maximum)
  • a deposit of $80
  • a photograph (optional).

All nomination applications must be signed by the candidate in front of a witness.

The nomination application must be presented to Graeme Fardon, Returning Officer at a pre-arranged appointment before 4.00pm on the day of close of nominations, being 4.00pm on the 12th September 2019.

As the Returning Officer may ask candidates to amend their nomination, it is recommended that candidates ensure that they have allowed sufficient time to finalise any required changes prior to the close of nominations.

For enquiries, please contact Graeme Fardon, Returning Officer on 9645 2400.

For the Local Government Election on 19 October 2019

My circumstances are: Do I have to apply to be on the roll?
You live in the district (or ward) and are on the State electoral roll. No need to apply.
You live in the district (or ward) and are not on the State electoral roll. Yes—Get a form from any post office or the WA Electoral Commission and get the form back to them by 5:00pm on 30th August 2019.
You are not an Australian Citizen but were on the local government electoral roll in 1996 and have owned or occupied rateable property in the district since then. Yes—See how to apply below.
Your property is rateable and is owned or occupied by more than two people or by a company. Two people only who are not already on the local government roll for the district (or ward) must be selected by a majority of the owners or occupiers or the company. They must be on the State or Commonwealth roll to be eligible. If more than one property is involved the same two people must be nominated for all the properties.
You own property that is rateable in the district (or ward) and you are on the State or Commonwealth electoral roll but you live elsewhere. Yes—See how to apply below.
You have a right of occupancy of property in the district (or ward) that is rateable and you are on the State or Commonwealth electoral roll but live elsewhere If you have a right of continuous occupation under a lease, tenancy agreement or other legal instrument for at least the next three months following the date you apply you should make an application—See how to apply below.

How to apply

You can get an “Enrolment Eligibility Claim” form from any local government office. To be able to vote for this election your application must reach the person named below by 5:00pm on the 30th August 2019. Those nominated by a company must attach the letter of nomination to the form.

Graeme Fardon
Chief Executive Officer
Shire of Quairading
PO Box 38, Quairading WA 6383

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