Local Government Elections

Local government ordinary elections are held on the third Saturday in October every two years. 

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.

To be eligible to vote in an upcoming election individuals need to ensure that they are on the electoral role. For local government elections, rolls close at 5.00 pm, 50 days prior to polling day. All electors should check their enrolment details are up to date before rolls close.

If the number of candidates is equal to the number of vacancies, the candidate is elected unopposed. If there are more candidates than vacancies, then the election will proceed. For more detailed information visit https://www.elections.wa.gov.au/elections/local

Standing for Council

Individual’s (Electors) who wish to nominate as a candidate in a local government election must complete a valid nomination application and present it to the Returning Officer before nominations close. Nominations for a local government election open 44 days before polling day and close at 4.00 pm, 37 days before polling day.

For more information about how to stand for Council then please click on the link below. 


Local Government Candidate Induction

 Councillors play an important community leadership role and being on a council is a way you can make sure community perspectives are head and considered.

Laws have been introduced which makes it compulsory for all candidates nominating in a local government election to complete the Department of Local Government’s online induction.

Topics covered in the induction

  • About government in Australia
  • A closer look at local government
  • Local government decision making process
  • The role of a councillor
  • Relationship between councillors and staff
  • What you will need to do as a councillor
  • Decisions you might make as a councillor
  • Qualities and skills of effective councillors
  • Other things that are helpful to know
  • Advice from the WA Electoral Commission
  • Why stand for council?
  • What should you do now?
  • Support for candidates

Before you nominate complete the induction by going online to https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/local-government/local-governments/council-elections/local-government-candidate-induction

If you have any difficulties in completing the induction, please contact the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries via lgtraining@dlgsc.wa.gov.au or 9492 9762.