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.

For further information about local government elections, visit the Western Australian Electoral Commission website

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

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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