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.

On what date do I have to be enrolled by?

1 September 2017 at 5pm.

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 by 5.00pm on Friday, 1 September 2017.

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 by 5.00pm on Friday, 1 September 2017.

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.

When is the next local government election day?

Saturday 21 October 2017.

When will I know the result of the election?

The count commences at 6pm on election day (21 October 2017) and results are usually available later that evening on the Western Australian Electoral Commission's website.

  • Information for candidates

Nomination dates

The nomination period to become a candidate in the 2017 local government elections opens on Thursday 7 September 2017 and closes on Thursday 14 September 2017 at 4pm.


In 2017, there are vacancies for the positions of

  • North ward Councillor (2)
  • North west ward Councillor (1)
  • Southern ward Councillor (1)


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.


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.

Candidate Information Session

To enable prospective candidates to gain more information on becoming an Elected Member and how to stand for Council, the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is hosting a Candidate Information Session on the following date:

Date: Tuesday 29 August 2017

Time: 6pm

Venue: Civic Centre, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale

Address: 6 Paterson Street, Mundijong

Find out more on the Shire’s online events calendar.

To register your participation, send an email to or call 9526 1509.

WALGA Prospective Elected Member Webinar

The Western Australian Local Government Association will be holding a free webinar for prospective candidates. Topics will include:

  • an overview of local government
  • the roles and responsibilities of Council and Councillors
  • behavioural expectation of Councillors
  • an overview of the skills required to be a successful Councillor
  • impacts on home life.

Date and time: Thursday 17 August 2017, 5.00pm - 5.45pm

Prospective candidates are encouraged to register for this free webinar. For more information and to register, visit the WALGA website.