Easter Long Weekend

Please be advised that the City administration building and several City facilities will be closed for the Easter long weekend from Friday, 7 April through to Monday, 10 April (inclusive). 

Bins will not be collected on Good Friday (Friday, 7 April), residents impacted are advised to place their bins out on Saturday, 8 April by 6am. Collection for Easter Monday (10 April 2023) and the ANZAC Day Public Holiday (25 April 2023) remain unchanged, for any enquiries please contact 1300 293 955.

We look forward to seeing you again from Tuesday, 11 April. 

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Local Government Elections

Councillors are elected for terms of four years in Western Australia. Elections are held every two years for half of the council, and candidates are elected using the first-past-the-post voting system. If a vacancy occurs within a term, an extraordinary election is held. Further information about local government elections can be found at the Western Australian Electoral Commission website

The City of Kwinana encourages everyone that is eligible to make their vote count by participating in the election of their preferred local representative. Postal votes are sent by the Western Australian Electoral Commission approximately three weeks prior to Election day. 

Quick Facts 

  • The City of Kwinana has eight Elected Members who represent the City as a whole.
  • Local g​​overn​m​e​nt elections are generally held every two years on the third Saturday in October.
  • The City of Kwinana uses the postal voting system. Full details are mailed to all eligible voters prior to an election.
  • Elected Members are elected for a four year term with half of the Elected Members' terms ending at each biennial election.
  • The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected from within Council.
  • An extraordinary election may be held between general elections should a council seat become vacant.

Voter Information 

Persons eligible to be enrolled to vote must be over the age of 18 years, be an Australian Citizen and be ordinarily resident in the State of WA or be the owner or occupier of rateable property within the City of Kwinana.

State Electoral Roll

You are already enrolled to vote in elections for the electorate in which you live if you are on the State electoral roll as a resident of that address. 

If you’ve lived in the City of Kwinana for more than three months, you’re eligible for inclusion on the State Electoral Roll. 

If you are not already on the State Electoral Roll and meet the eligibility criteria, visit the Western Australian Electoral Commission website to obtain an application form. 

The ‘first past the post’ system is used for Local Government elections, in which electors indicate the candidate, or candidates, of their choice by placing a tick in the box opposite the names of the chosen persons, up to the number of vacancies to be filled, with candidates being elected in order of the number of votes they receive.

Details of past and forthcoming elections at the City may be found at the website of the Western Australian Electoral Commission

Owner Occupier Enrolment

If you are an owner or occupier of a Kwinana property and you are enrolled on the State roll as living outside the District, or if you are not on any other roll but meet the eligibility criteria you must apply to be placed on the local roll by lodging an enrolment form at the City of Kwinana Administration Building.

A body corporate which owns or occupies rateable property may nominate two persons who are on either the State or Commonwealth electoral rolls to enrol as owner/occupier electors.

There are several provisions which relate to occupiers of property and to persons who are not enrolled on the State rolls. Please note that if you are unsure of your eligibility status please contact the City of Kwinana’s Council Administration Officer well in advance of any Council election or check your enrolment at the Western Australian Electoral Commission website

Electoral Gift Register

All candidates are subject to the electoral gift requirements of the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997, including candidates who are current Council members. 

Electoral gifts need to be disclosed either - 

  • within 3 days of nomination if the gift is received, made or promised prior to the candidates nomination, or
  • within 3 days of the gift being received, made or promised once the candidate has nominated.  

A gift is an electoral gift for the purposes of the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997 where - 

  • the gift relates to the candidate’s candidature, and
  • the value of the gift is $200 or more, or it is one of two or more gifts made by one person during the disclosure period with a total value of $200 or more.

Electoral gift donors are closely associated persons under the Act. Prior to accepting any electoral gifts, candidates should consider how the acceptance may affect their ability to participate in future decision-making processes.

Electoral gifts do not include the provision of volunteer labour, gifts by will, or gifts by a relative (as defined by section 5.74(1) of the Act).

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the City of Kwinana have electoral wards?

No, the City of Kwinana has no wards

Can I vote for the Mayor?

No, the Mayor of the City of Kwinana is currently elected by the Council from amongst the Elected Members, rather than being directly elected by the electors.

Can I vote in local government elections for the City of Kwinana?

Yes, as long as you are enrolled on the State electoral roll for a residence in the City of Kwinana, or are on the City of Kwinana Owner and Occupiers Roll. More information in the enrolment section below.

Is voting at local government elections compulsory?

No - voting is not compulsory, but is highly encouraged.

Do all councils have postal elections?

No, although most councils in the metro area conduct postal elections.

Where can I vote?

The City of Kwinana conducts its election by postal voting in conjunction with the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC). Voting packages will be sent out prior to each election. 

A voting package which consists of the ballot paper and Candidate profiles is posted to each elector prior to election day providing adequate time to vote and return the completed ballot paper in the envelope provided.

A polling place is open on election day so that electors may return completed ballot papers . A ballot box will also be provided from the day ballot papers are sent out to electors until 6pm on election day at the City of Kwinana Administration Building.

When do candidates nominate to stand for election?

The nomination period opens on the 44th day prior to election day and closes​ at 4pm on the 37th day prior to election.

When is local government election day and when does the election close?

The local government election day is generally held throughout Western Australia on the third Saturday in October every second year. 

Past Election Results 

To view previous election results please visit the Western Australian Electoral Commission website

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