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.
Local government elections are held every two years on the third Saturday in October. In Western Australia, Councillors are elected for terms of four years, with elections held every two years for half of the council. If a vacancy occurs within a term, an extraordinary election is held to fill the place.
Elections are conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) to ensure elections are conducted independently and with impartiality. The WAEC appoints a Returning Officer to oversee the election, with this person taking candidate nominations, receiving votes and supervising the count on election night.
Nominations are open for a period of eight days and must be received by the Returning Officer by 4.00pm on the day of close of nominations, which is 37 days before election day. If the number of candidates is equal to the number of vacancies, the candidate is elected unopposed. If there are more candidates than vacancies, the election will proceed.
The voting method for local government elections is first-past-the-post, with elections conducted by either in person voting or through postal voting. Votes must be received by the Returning Officer by 6.00pm on polling day in order to be counted.
Results are made available on the WAEC website as soon as possible after the close of polls, and official notice is also given as soon as practicable following the election.
The City of Melville has 12 Councillors and a Mayor representing six wards across the City. At each election, six councillors (half of council) are elected for terms of four years. The Mayor is elected every four years (every second election) in what is called a Mayoral election.
The City of Melville opts to use postal voting and postal voting packages are mailed to all eligible electors on the local government electoral roll approximately three weeks before election day. The package includes a list of candidates, ballot papers, instructions on how to vote and a declaration. Votes must be received by 6.00pm on polling day in order to be counted.
2019 Local Government Elections
The 2019 Local Government Elections will be held on Saturday, 19 October 2019 via postal vote. Find out all you need to know about enrolling, nominating as a candidate and voting below.
Eligibility and enrolling to vote
Eligible electors are residents of the City who are able to vote in Commonwealth elections and are listed on the State and Commonwealth electoral rolls. If you are enrolled on the State Electoral Roll, you are automatically enrolled on the corresponding local government roll. To check your enrolment, visit the WAEC website. Enrollments and changes to enrollments for the 2019 Local Government Elections close 5.00pm, Friday 30 August 2019.
Eligible electors can also be non-resident property owners who are eligible to vote in State elections and are listed on the State Electoral Roll. If you are a non-resident and wish to vote, you must complete an Election Eligibility Claim Form and return it to the City of Melville by 5.00pm, Friday 30 August 2019.
Nominating as a candidate
To nominate as a candidate, visit the WAEC website from Thursday, 5 September to Thursday, 12 September 2019 and use their Nomination Builder to complete an application form. The form will need to be signed by the candidate in front of a witness and presented to the Returning Officer before 4.00pm on Thursday, 12 September 2019. Visit the WAEC website for more information.
The City of Melville will also be holding a candidate information session on Monday, 26 August 2019 at 5.30pm for people interested in learning what is involved in being an Elected Member. Visit Melville Talks to find out more.
Voting in the local government elections
The City of Melville opts to use postal voting and postal voting packages will be mailed to all eligible electors on the local government electoral roll from Saturday, 28 September 2019. The package will included a list of candidates, ballot papers, instructions on how to vote and a declaration. Make sure to post in your vote as soon as possible (no later than Monday, 14 October 2019) to ensure it makes it back to the Returning Officer by 6.00pm on election day, Saturday 19 October 2019. If you miss this deadline, you may hand deliver your vote to the City of Melville Civic Centre, 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon by 6.00pm on election day.
Interested in learning more about the 2019 candidates? The City of Melville will be faciliating an online candidate Q&A on Melville Talks where you can ask questions and candidates will be able to respond. Visit Melville Talks to find out more.
What’s involved in being a Councillor
If you have ever had aspirations to represent your community, you will soon have the opportunity to nominate yourself as a candidate for the City of Melville local government elections.
Councillors and Mayors are elected representatives of the community who work together as an elected body to make decisions that shape the future of our City. They should represent the interests of htheir electors, ratepayers and residents.
Learn more about the role of Councillors
Election results for prior years can also be found on the WAEC website.