How and Where to Vote

2023 elections

The elections will take place on 21 October 2023.

This year's voting addresses four vacancies on the City of Cockburn Council:
  • East Ward: Two Councillors
  • West Ward: One Councillor
  • Central Ward: One Councillor
View ward boundaries

Voting in local government elections is not mandatory, but your participation actively shapes our community's future.

Nominations to become a candidate for the elections are in progress. Further details will be provided once the nomination phase concludes.

Eligibility to vote

To be eligible to vote, you must be:
  • Over 18
  • An Australian citizen (or a British subject who was on the Roll between 26 October 1983 and 25 January 1984)
  • Enrolled to vote (registered on the Electoral Roll).

Not sure about your enrolment status? 

You can check your enrolment online

If you haven't enrolled yet, it's important to note that the cut-off was the 25th of August 2023. You can still enrol for future elections, but you won't qualify for this year's local government elections. Learn more about how to enrol.


The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) in conjunction with the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) is creating a new campaign called 'Vote for them' with the objective of increasing voter turnout by 3%. Most of the campgain activity will be delivered digitally and will be scheduled for when voting packages arrive in voter letterboxes. For more information visit the DLGSC website.

Voting packs will be sent out in late September. Packs can be put in the mail or handed in at the City’s Administration building at 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood. 

How to vote

This year, local government elections are transitioning to optional preferential voting, mirroring State and Federal election procedures.

Under this system you can choose from the following options:
  • Vote for one candidate by marking a '1' next to their name
  • Choose to vote for several candidates by numbering them in order of preference
  • Or, vote for all candidates in order of your preference.
You're not required to fill in all the boxes if you don’t want to. 

More information and contact

More information is avaialble though the following links or you can contact the City on 08 9411 3444 (between 8.30am to 5pm).



City of Cockburn
Whadjuk Boodja
9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

Office opening hours:
8.30am to 4.30pm
Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

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Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
Ngalak kaadatj dayin boodja, kep wer malayin. Ngalak kaadatj koora koora wer yeyi ngalang birdiya.

City of Cockburn acknowledges the Nyungar people of Beeliar boodja. Long ago, now and in the future they care for Country.
We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past and present.