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Nominate for Local Government Elections

Who can be a candidate?

To stand for election as a Councillor, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • 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)
  • If you are a current Council member, have a term that ends on Election day.

 You are not eligible to nominate if you:

  • Are a member of State or Federal Parliament
  • Are an insolvent under administration
  • Are serving a prison sentence for a crime
  • Have been convicted of a serious local government offence within the last five years, (unless the court waived the disqualification)
  • Are a member of another Council
  • Are subject to a court order disqualifying you from being a Council member because you have misapplied local government funds or property
  • Are the nominee of a company
  • Are currently disqualified from holding office as a member of a Council.

How to nominate

If you decide to nominate:

  • A compulsory online Candidate Induction must be completed prior to nomination - see link below
  • You must complete the nomination form - go to the WA Electoral Commission website to complete the nomination form - see link below
  • The completed nomination form must be received by the Returning Officer before the close of nominations date
  • The nomination form must be accompanied by a candidate profile (include a photo but this is optional)
  • If the nomination is made by an agent the nomination form must be accompanied by a written authorisation from the candidate
  • The nomination must be accompanied by a deposit of $80 or the deposit must be paid before nominations close.

As the City's elections are run by the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC), all nominations must be directed to the Returning Officer appointed by the WAEC.  For additional information, contact the Western Australian Electoral Commission on 13 63 06 or from their website at www.elections.wa.gov.au.

What does a Councillor do?

Local Government Councillors fulfil a vital role by providing leadership and guidance to the community and facilitating communication between the Council and the community.  They achieve this by representing the interests of electors, ratepayers and residents as well as participating in decision-making processes at meetings. More information on nominating for council can be obtained from the Department of Local Government - see link below

In effectively fulfilling their role, Councillors ensure that the Council accomplishes its role, which is to:

  • Govern the local government's affairs
  • Be responsible for the performance of the local government's functions
  • Oversee the allocation of the local government's finances and resources
  • Determine the local government's policies.

The activities of local government and the role of Council and Councillors are established via state legislation - the Local Government Act 1995, which can be found through the Department of Justice, Parliamentary Counsel's Office website.

What difference could you make as a Councillor?

  • Are you a leader?
  • Can you see 'the big picture'?
  • Do you see things differently and are you able to challenge the way others think?
  • Can you commit to the success of your team and inspire others?  Can you negotiate and discuss to resolve problems and achieve a result?
  • Can you listen sensitively to the views of others?
  • Do you act with the highest moral and ethical character?
  • Are you aware that your actions reflect on the integrity of the team?
  • Can you maintain confidentiality?
  • Do you promote effective relationships and open communications?
  • Can you be positive and supportive, whilst working to find solutions and reconcile differences?

The style of leadership a Councillor brings to the operations of the Council is significant in the success of both the Councillor and the Council and ultimately our community.

Commitments of a Councillor

There is no minimum or maximum time commitment for a Councillor. However, to be successful in contributing to the business of Council, a Councillor needs to be able to set aside sufficient time to become informed about matters that influence their community, read and understand the business papers of meetings they must attend and then attend the meetings.  The community also expects to be able to contact and discuss matters with their elected representatives.

The following is provided as a guide only.  The amount of time each Councillor commits is a personal decision.

Councillor Activities

Potential Time Commitments

Reading Agenda and Meeting information (City provided iPads are used for all meeting documents) 
(A Council Agenda will typically be up to 50 pages and is supported by Appendices of between 100 to 300 pages)

3 to 5 hours per fortnight

Attend Council Briefing Sessions     
(held prior to Council Meeting)

1 hour per fortnight

Attend Council Meetings                 
(usually the second and fourth Tuesday of the Month)

2 hours per fortnight

Attend Committee Meetings

If elected as a member of a Council Committee then a Councillor needs to read additional Agenda papers and attend the committee meetings.



Attend Councillor Workshops        
(Informal workshops that provide information and training for Councillors)

Variable.  Approximately 12 workshops per year, each workshop approximately 1 -2 hours.

Reading Other Information provided by the City

2 hours per week

Attend other Functions and Meetings as Delegate of Council

Time required will be dependent on the organisations to which the Councillor is appointed as a delegate and the frequency and timing of their meetings.


Attend Training and Conferences

Newly elected Councillors are required to complete the Council Member Essentials compulsory training within 12 months of election, as well as engage in other training and development during their term of office to ensure they have the knowledge to fulfill their role.


Attend to Elector and Resident enquiries

A Councillor is often called upon by the community to listen to concerns, develop understanding of particular issues and attend functions.


Support and Financials for Councillors

The City has outlined the support provided for Councillors in Policy 5.4.23 - Councillor Allowances and Expenses.

In brief, Councillors at the City are provided with an iPad as well as the following financial support as determined by the Salaries and Allowance Tribunal: 

Meeting Attendance Allowance (SAT Determination 8/4/2021)

$31,678 pa

Information & Communication Technologies Allowance 
(This allowance relates to information and communications technology e.g. telephone call charges and internet service provider fees)

$  3,500pa

Travel Costs
(Related to specific Council business)


Child Care 
(Related to participation in Council business)


Conference and Training Expenses                
(Managed in accordance with Policy 5.4.12)


*Reimbursable expenses must be verifiable prior to payment


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