Rolls have now closed for the 2023 Local Government Election.

Meet your Election Candidates 


To be able to vote in the City’s election you must be enrolled on the State electoral roll or on the City’s owners and occupiers roll.

The Electoral Roll:

The City's Electoral Roll is comprised of two parts; the Residents Roll and the Owners and Occupiers Roll. Enrolment applications and updates must be completed and received by 5pm Friday, 25 August 2023

Residents Roll:

The Resident’s Roll is maintained by the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC).  Individuals who live in the City of Gosnells and are on the State Electoral Roll will automatically be on the Residents Roll and can vote in the City’s elections. This applies if you own your property, or you are renting.

If you have changed address since the last election in 2021, please check your address has been changed on the State Electoral Roll here.

Owners and Occupiers' Roll:

The Owners and Occupiers' Roll allows a person who is enrolled to vote and who owns or occupies a property at a different address, to vote in both areas. The Owners and Occupiers' Roll is maintained by the City of Gosnells.
You can register to be on the Owners and Occupiers' Roll if you are an:

  • Individual who owns or occupies rateable property in the City 
  • Individual nominated by Companies that owns or occupies rateable property in the City.

Each person applying to be included on this Roll must be on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll and must reside outside of the City of Gosnells. To apply for inclusion on the Owners and Occupiers' Roll, complete the Enrolment Eligibility Claim Form.

To check your entitlement to be included on the Owners and Occupiers' Roll, email  governanceadmin@gosnells.wa.gov.au.

Voting Entitlement:

An individual may only appear on the roll once, regardless of the number of properties they own or occupy.

A corporate body may have a maximum of two people on the roll as appointed nominees of the corporate body regardless of the number of properties they own or occupy.

Conduct of the Election:

The City’s local government elections are conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) as a postal election.  Voting packages are sent to electors approximately four weeks prior to the election date and include:

  • Two ballot papers (one for the election of Councillors and one for the election of the Mayor)
  • Mayor and Councillor candidate profiles
  • Information on how to vote
  • A return envelope

You can cast your vote by mail, or by voting in person on the day of the election at the City of Gosnells Civic Centre, 2120 Albany Highway, Gosnells WA.

This year, registered voters will receive two voting papers. One for the election of six Councillors and one for the election of the Mayor. In addition, Optional Preferential Voting (OPV) is being introduced.

Optional Preferential Voting

In 2023, the State Government introduced Optional Preferential Voting for local government elections. Optional Preferential Voting is similar to the way you vote in State and Federal elections, however you do not need to number all candidates on the ballot paper.

Voters number the candidates in the order of their preference. You have the choice to:

  • vote for one candidate - by putting a 1 next to their name
  • vote for some candidates - by numbering several candidates in the order of your preference
  • vote for all candidates - by numbering all the candidates in the order of your preference.

video explaining how to vote is available on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website.

Voting requirements:

Voting in local government elections is not compulsory.

Voting alternatives:

The opportunity to submit an early vote or an absent vote is not available through a postal election.

Replacement voting packages:

If you do not receive a voting package, or have lost or destroyed your voting package, contact the City on 9397 3000 or email governanceadmin@gosnells.wa.gov.au for assistance.

Queries:

If you do not find the information you are looking for on our website, contact the City on 9397 3000 or by emailing governanceadmin@gosnells.wa.gov.au

The Western Australian Electoral Commission website may also be of some assistance.

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