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Local Government Elections

Information and resources for electors and candidates. 

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  • Overview

A Council serves the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale consisting of nine (9) elected members, which cover three (3) wards: north ward, north west ward and southern ward.

The north west ward comprises of the below suburbs and has two (2) elected members.

  • Cardup
  • Darling Downs
  • Oakford

The north ward comprises of the below suburbs and has four (4) elected members.

  • Byford

The southern ward comprises the below suburbs and has three (3) elected members.

  • Hopeland
  • Jarrahdale
  • Karrakup
  • Keysbrook
  • Mardella
  • Mundijong
  • Oldbury
  • Serpentine
  • Whitby

The elected members are elected to their positions for a four-year term and retire from office on a rotational basis, with half retiring every two years.

Pursuant to the Local Government Act 1995 all local government elections in Western Australia are held every two (2) years on the third Saturday in October.

While voting in a local government election is not compulsory in Western Australia, all electors are strongly encouraged to vote.

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale’s ordinary elections are administered by the Electoral Commission and are conducted by post.


  • Information for electors

To be eligible to vote in Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale elections, you need to be a resident recorded on the state electoral roll or a non-resident property or business owner recorded on the Shire’s non-resident owners and occupiers roll.

 

Residents who are listed on the state electoral roll within the boundaries of the Shire are automatically placed on the residents' roll.

How do I enrol to vote?

To enrol to vote in the local government elections visit the Australian Electoral Commission’s website.

How can I find out if I am already enrolled?

You can check if you are already enrolled by completing the Online Enrolment Check on the West Australian Electoral Commission website.

I own a property in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale but do not live there; can I still vote in elections?

Yes you can. Read the Enrolment Eligibility Claim Information Note to check that you are eligible and then complete the application form.

I run a business that occupies a property in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale but do not live in the Shire, can I still vote in the elections?

Yes you can. Read the Enrolment Eligibility Claim Information Note to check that you are eligible and then complete the application form.

I have recently moved house, will I still get my postal voting package?

You must ensure that you update your address details on the Australian Electoral Commission website.

Can I vote for the Shire President?

No, the President of the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is currently elected by the Council from the elected members, rather than being elected by the electors.

Where can I vote?

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale conducts its election by postal voting in conjunction with the Western Australian Electoral Commission. Voting packages will be posted to electors prior to each election.

A polling place will be 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 Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale administration office.

I didn't receive my voting package?

If you haven't received your voting package in the post please contact the Shire to complete an Application for Replacement Postal Voting Papers Form. This form needs to be completed at the Shire offices and can be done anytime during business hours. If you cannot attend during business hours you can complete the form on the Election Day between 8am to 6pm at the Shire office.

When is the next local government election day?

Saturday 19 October 2019.

When will I know the result of an election?

The count commences at 6pm on election day (19 October 2019) and results are usually available later that evening on the Western Australian Electoral Commission's website.


  • Information for candidates

Eligibility

The Local Government Act 1995 sets out the criteria that qualifies a person to be elected as a member of a council:

A person is qualified to be elected as a member of a council if the person:

Is of or over the age of 18 years;

Is an elector of the district; and

Is not disqualified for membership of the council because:

  1. The person is a member of parliament
  2. The person is an insolvent under administration within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001.
  3. The person has been: convicted of a crime and is in prison serving a sentence, convicted in the preceding 5 years of a serious local government offence or convicted on indictment of an offence whereby the penalty was imprisonment for life or for more than 5 years.
  4. The person is a member of another council.
  5. The person has misapplied funds or property.

Returning Officer

The Shire’s Returning Officer is appointed by the Western Australian Electoral Commission and is responsible for the conduct and processes associated with Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale local government elections. The Returning Officer is able to provide further information for prospective candidates including guides and forms for candidates and scrutineers. Contact details for the Western Australian Electoral Commission’s appointed Returning Officer will be made available as soon possible.

Nominating

Nominations are to be lodged in person with the Shire’s Returning Officer, who is responsible for the local government elections once the nomination period opens. An effective nomination consists of:

  • a completed nomination form
  • a profile of the candidate, prepared in accordance with the regulations
  • a nomination deposit of $80 (cash, bank cheque or money order)
  • a photograph (optional)

Prior to nominating, potential candidates should read the Western Australian Electoral Commission’s Guide for Candidates and be familiar with eligibility, nomination and disclosure of gifts requirements.