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)

The Western Australian Electoral Commission has developed an online system called Nomination Builder to assist candidates to complete their nomination form which includes the candidate profile. This is the preferred method of completing the nomination form and profile for the elections. Candidates must complete their nomination details and profile, print the completed form which has a reference number allocated and lodge it with the Returning Officer. The nomination builder can be accessed through this 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.