Local Government Elections 2017

Local government elections are held on the third Saturday in October every two years.  The next election is scheduled for 21 October 2017. The City will be conducting this election as a postal election with the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) appointed as the Returning Officer.

Details of the Returning Officer are as follows:

Returning Officer  –  Kelly Dansie
Mobile – 0467 803 272
Email –

Councillors are elected for terms of four years in Western Australia and are elected using the first-past-the-post voting system.

Electors will go to the polls in the 2017 Local Government Elections to elect Council representatives in vacancies in the three ward structure of North Coast, Central and South Wards.  This will ensure that electors are represented equally by Council members on a population ratio and takes into account the City’s future growth.

The following vacancies will occur in October 2017:

North Coast Ward - 3 positions vacant

Click here for Candidates in the North Coast Ward

Central Ward - 2 positions vacant

Click here for Candidates in the Central Ward

South Ward - 2 positions vacant

Click here for Candidates in the South Ward

Full LG Candidate list

Click here for the LG 36 Full Candidate List

Candidate information sessions

If you want to make a difference in your community and have a part in local decision making, then consider becoming a candidate in the Local Government Election. Click below for further information:

Candidate information sessions

Voting system

The City of Wanneroo conducts its election as a postal election with the WAEC acting as the Returning Officer.

Postal Election Timetable

Election Voting Process

Conducting Local Government Elections

Eligibility for Owners Occupiers Roll

People who own or occupy property within a local government district can apply to be included on the roll as an Own/Occupier, as long as they are eligible electors. An eligible elector is someone who is currently on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll, or who qualifies under clause 12 of Schedule 9.3 to the Local Government Act 1995.

All eligible electors’ are entitled to vote once in any ward for which they are enrolled. If a person lives within one ward, and owns or occupies property in a different ward, they may be entitled to a vote in both areas, provided they are enrolled for those addresses. Co-owners/occupiers or a body corporate may apply to nominate up to two eligible electors to be included on the owner/occupier roll.

Please click below for further information:

Occupiers Form 2 Enrolment Eligibility Claim

Occupiers Form 2A Application to Register a Nominee for a Body Corporate

According to the Local Government Act 1995, a Councillor:

  • Represents the interests of electors, ratepayers and residents of the district;
  • Provides leadership and guidance to the community in the district;
  • Facilitates communication between the community and the council;
  • Participates in the local government's decision making processes at council and committee meetings; and
  • Performs such other functions as are given to a councillor by the Act or any other written law.

Electoral Gift Register

Regulation 30B and 30CA of the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997 require that candidates and donors to candidates disclose a gift promised or received/made during the electoral disclosure period (6 months before and up to 3 days after the relevant election day). The CEO is required to establish and maintain an electoral gift register which is available for public inspection on request.

Frequently Asked Questions*i

Local Government Election FAQs

*This section will be updated as required

Further Reading

Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997

Western Australian Electoral Commission - General Information