2019 Local Government Elections
2019 is a Local Government Election year with this year's election occurring on Saturday, 19 October 2019.
Local Government Elections play an important role in our democratic system and are an excellent opportunity for people to contribute to, and be involved in their local community. All eligible electors are encouraged to vote to ensure they have a voice in choosing the best people to represent their community.
Enrolment details and voting
Voting is easy, with election packages posted to all electors around three weeks before Election Day. The packages are to be returned by post and to be received prior to 6.00pm on Election Day. The count commences at 6.00pm that same day with the results available later that evening.
Residents are also encouraged to ensure that their enrolment details are up to date, with the electoral roll closing at 5.00pm on Friday, 30 August 2019.
Nominate to become a Candidate
Any electors who have aspirations to represent their community, still have the opportunity to nominate to become a candidate for the 2019 City of Kwinana Local Government Election. The nomination period commences on 5 September 2019 and closes on Thursday, 12 September 2019 at 4.00pm. Any interested persons can visit the Western Australian Electoral Commission website for more information or to nominate.
If you're interested in nominating to become a Councillor, watch this recording of the Prospective Elected Members Webinar to find out what is involved. This webinar focuses on the following key areas;
- Parliament's role in creating legislation for Local Government
- how to read the Local Government Act 1995 and Regulations
- who does what at a Local Government
- a Councillor's personal responsibilities, and
- consequences of improper conduct.
Watch the Prospective Elected Members Webinar.
- 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.
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.
Enrolment Eligibility Claim Form.
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 over 20 days prior to election day which allows 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 nominati on 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.