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 is holding a free Prospective Candidates Information Session for prospective elected members on Wednesday 25 August 2021 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

This session is suitable for people interested in becoming a Councillor for the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and would like to receive specific election and district information as they pertain to the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and the upcoming 2021 election.

Presentations will be 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.

The session will be delivered at the Shire’s Civic Centre, 6 Paterson Street, Mundijong. No registration or RSVP is required.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

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 will be made available as soon possible.

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.