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.

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
  • 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

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, Sport & Cultural Industries - 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.