Nominating for Mayor or Councillor in elections
To nominate to become an Elected Member (whether that be the Mayor or Councillor) you must:
- Be 18 years of age or older;
- Not be disqualified from being an Elected Member under a provision of the Act;
- Be an elector of the district (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;
- Complete the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ mandatory induction course for local government election candidates (accessed through the Department’s website).
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.
The nomination period for the 2019 local government elections opens on Thursday 5 September 2019 and closes at 4.00pm, Thursday 12 September 2019.
Candidate information sessions
To enable prospective candidates to gain more information on becoming an Elected Member, and how to stand for Council, the City will be holding the following candidate information sessions:
Monday 29 July 2019, 6.00pm at the City of Joondalup Civic Centre, 102 Boas Avenue, Joondalup.
Monday 12 August 2019, 6.00pm at Dorchester Hall, corner Dorchester Avenue and Dugdale Street, Warwick.
Further information, including details around the nomination process and details of the City’s Returning Officer, will be provided closer to the time of the nomination period.
Webinar for Prospective Elected Members
To obtain further information on becoming an elected member, the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) is conducting a free Webinar for prospective candidates. The webinar focuses on the following key areas:
- Parliament’s role in creating legislation for local government
- How to read the Local Government Act 1995 and Regulations
- Who does what at a local government
- Elected Member’s personal responsibilities
- Consequences of improper conduct.
The webinar will be presented by officers from WALGA and you will have the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A Session at the end of the presentation. This webinar will be recorded and made available to the public within a few days of the event.
Thursday, 15 August 2019, 5.00pm – 6.00pm (including presentation and Q&A session)
Register Online for this free webinar.