Information for Candidates

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Candidate Induction

Amendments to Part 4 of the Local Government Act 1995 enacted by Parliament in June 2019 requires all persons seeking to nominate for council to complete an induction. 

You may not be eligible to stand for election if you have not completed the induction.

The induction is available on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website.

The Western Australian Local Government Association and local governments, including the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale also host information sessions in the lead up to elections. While prospective candidates are encouraged to attend one or more of these sessions, to be eligible you will be required to complete the induction available on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website. The information sessions do not replace the need to complete the induction.

Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Prospective Candidates Information Session

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale held a free Prospective Candidates Information Session for prospective elected members on Wednesday 25 August 2021 at 7:00pm 

This session was for people interested in becoming a Councillor for the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and provided specific election and district information as it pertains to the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and the upcoming 2021 election.

Use the links below to view the presentations provided by the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, the Western Australian Electoral Commission, the Western Australian Local Government Association and the Department of Local Government and Communities. 

Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale - All about the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale 

Western Australian Electoral Commission - All about elections 

Western Australian Local Government Association - All about being a Councillor  (or click here to view the recorded webinar)

Department of Local Government and Communities - All about the DLGSC 

Read below for answers to the questions taken on notice during the session:

How is the ‘Council Member Essentials’ training delivered, who pays for it and does Council decide which provider can be used? 

Council Member Essentials training is delivered face-to-face and online by the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA), North Metropolitan TAFE and South Metropolitan TAFE. In accordance with Council Policy – Councillor Training and Continuing Professional Development, this training is paid for by the Shire and may be completed with any of the abovementioned providers. 

What is the current costs of the ‘Council Member Essentials’ training? 

Course fees are available on each respective provider’s website: 

  • Click here to view WALGA’s course fees. 
  • Click here to view North Metropolitan TAFE’s course fees. 
  • Click here to view South Metropolitan TAFE’s course fees. 

Eligibility for becoming a Council Member

To nominate to become a Council Member you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Not be disqualified from being an Elected Member under a provision of the Local Government Act 1995;
  • Be an elector of the Ward (if you are only an elector because you are a nominee of a company then you are not eligible to stand as a candidate);
  • Have a term that ends on Election Day, if you are a current Council Member.


Nominations for the 2021 Local Government Elections open Thursday, 2 September 2021 and close 4pm, Thursday 9 September 2021.

The following vacancies exist for the October 2021 election:

  • North West Ward – one Councillor (4 year term)
  • North Ward – two Councillors (4 year term each)
  • South Ward – one Councillor (4 year term)

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

Nominations are to be lodged in person with the Shire’s Returning Officer. The Returning Officer  is appointed by the Western Australian Electoral Commission and is responsible for the conduct and processes associated with the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale’s election. 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 are as follows:

Kathy Gecan 

0437 828 928

Further Information

Election Signage

For information on the rules that apply to the placement of election signs on private and public property within the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, please refer to the Election Signs Information Sheet here.

Gifts Related to Candidature

For information on the rules that apply to declaring political donations and gifts related to candidature or to make a disclosure please refer to form here.

Ballot paper draw results

North Ward

North West Ward

South Ward