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Local Government Elections 2021

Becoming a Council Member

To nominate to become a Council Member (whether that be the Mayor or a Councillor) you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • An Australian citizen;
  • Not be disqualified from being an Council Member under a provision of the Local Government Act 1995;
  • Be an elector of the City of Wanneroo (if you are only an elector because you are a nominee of a company then you are not eligible to stand as a candidate);
  • If you are a current Council Member, have a term that ends on Election Day, unless you are standing for Mayor.

Nominations are to be finalised and lodged in person with the City’s Returning Officer, who is responsible for the local government elections once the nomination period opens.

Further information is provided closer to the time of the nomination period in a local government election year. Please visit the Elections WA website for further information.

Candidate information sessions

If you are considering standing for Council at this year's Local Government Elections, attend one of two candidate information sessions this August. 

  • Wednesday 25 August 2021 // 6pm - 8pm

Both information sessions will be held at the Council Chambers, Wanneroo Civic Centre, 23 Dundebar Road, Wanneroo.

Prospective candidates will receive information from the Western Australian Electoral Commission and local government representatives.

Nominations open Thursday 2 September 2021 and close at 4pm on Thursday 9 September 2021. This year's election will be held on Saturday 16 October 2021.

Local government candidate induction

Laws have been introduced which makes it compulsory for all candidates nominating in a local government election to complete the department’s online induction. You will be asked to declare that you have completed the online induction when filling out your nomination form. It is an offence to make false or misleading statements on the nomination form.

For more information, and to take the induction please click below:

Local government candidate induction

Electoral gifts

Candidates in local government elections have legislative obligations for the disclosure of gifts leading up to the local government elections. The Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997 requires both candidates and donors to make disclosures of gifts given to candidates during the specified disclosure period.

Disclosure period

Within three days of nomination, any candidate in a local government election will need to disclose any gifts received within the disclosure period. The disclosure period commences six months prior to the Election Day. The disclosure period finishes three days after Election Day (for unsuccessful candidates) and on the start day for financial interest returns for successful candidates.

Election signs/advertising

An election sign is a sign which encourages a person to vote for a particular political candidate, political party, referenda or matter relating to any Federal, State, or Local Government election, however, excludes bumper stickers.

The City prohibits the placement of election signs in any street or verge or on local government property including parks or reserves. 

The City has guidelines and penalties related to signage depending on where the sign is located.  Please click below for further information on signage:

City of Wanneroo signage information

For further information please contact the City on 9405 5000.

Returning Officer

The City’s Returning Officer is appointed by the Western Australian Electoral Commission and is responsible for the conduct and processes associated with the City of Wanneroo local government elections. The Returning Officer is able to provide further information to the election process.

The Returning Officer details will be updated below when confirmed by the Western Australian Electoral Commission.

Returning Officer: Kelly Dansie
Phone: 0456 708 670
Email: LGro_wan@elections.wa.gov.au

Further information