Council Elections

Extraordinary Election 8 July 2022  

An Extraordinary Election for an East Ward councillor has been confirmed to be held on Friday 8 July 2022 as the result of the resignation of Cr Chamonix Terblanche.

The term of the vacancy is to expire on 21 October 2023.

The Returning Officer appointed by the WA Electoral Commission is Ms Linda Scott, and all formal advertising and public notifications will be the responsibility of the Commission. Enquiries in relation to nominations should be referred to the Returning Officer.

Nominations open date: 25 May 2022

Nominations close date and time: 1 June 2022

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Enquiries in relation to elector enrolment eligibility for the election should be referred to the City`s Rates Department or call 08 9411 3444.

Returning Officer

Linda Scott
Returning Officer, City of Cockburn (Extraordinary) 
Western Australia Electrol Commission
Mobile: 0458 812 009
Email: [email protected]

Extraordinary Election Close of Enrolments - Roll close: 5pm Thursday, 19 May 2022

You may be eligible to be enrolled to vote in the local government extraordinary election on 8 July 2022 if you live in or are an owner or occupier of rateable property in the East Ward of the City of Cockburn.

Residents

You are automatically enrolled to vote if you are on the State Electoral Roll as at 5pm Thursday, 19 May 2022. If you are not already on the State Electoral Roll and meet the eligibility criteria, or if you have changed address recently, you must complete an enrolment form.

Enrolment Forms

You can enrol or update your details online, or download an enrolment form, via the Western Australian Electoral Commission website opens in a new window. Forms are also available from the Australian Electoral Commission opens in a new window. Enrolments and updates must be completed and received by 5pm Thursday, 19 May 2022.

Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers

If you are a non-resident owner or occupier of rateable property in the East Ward of the City of Cockburn and are on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll, you are eligible to enrol to vote. If you are not on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll and own or occupy rateable property in the East Ward of the City of Cockburn you may be eligible to enrol to vote. This applies if you were on the last electoral roll for the City of Cockburn prior to May 1996 and have owned or occupied rateable property in the district continuously since this time. Please contact your local government for details. Owners of land who were on the last Local Government roll continue to retain that status until they cease to own the rateable property to which the enrolment relates. Occupiers do not have continuous enrolment and should contact the City of Cockburn to confirm their enrolment status. To be eligible to enrol as an occupier, you will need to have a right of continuous occupation under a lease, tenancy agreement or other legal instrument for at least the next three months following the date of the application to enrol.

Joint Owners and Occupiers

If a rateable property is owned or occupied by more than two people, a majority of the owners/occupiers may nominate two persons from amongst themselves who are on either the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll, to enrol as owner/occupier electors.

Corporations

A body corporate that owns or occupies rateable property may nominate two people who are on either the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll to enrol as owner/occupier electors.

Enrolment Forms – Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Only

Enrolment forms can be obtained from local governments and must be lodged with the Chief Executive Officer by 5pm Thursday, 19 May 2022. Further information can be obtained from the City of Cockburn.

Robert Kennedy
Electoral Commissioner
Western Australian Electoral Commission
13 63 06

Election Results - 16 October 2021

For the Local Government Election results, visit Western Australian Electoral Commission opens in a new window.

Local Government Elections

Local government elections are held biennially, on the third Saturday in October. The Mayor and Councillors are each elected to four year terms. Enrolled residents elect the Mayor and three councillors to represent each ward (West, Central and East).

The City of Cockburn elections are conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission, which appoints a Returning Officer to oversee the elections, including taking candidate nominations and supervising the count during the election.  

The Returning Officer appointed to conduct the City of Cockburn Local Government election in 2023 will be notified closer to the time.

Election Day

Residents of each respective wards receive voting forms in the post prior to the election day. Voting can be done by post prior to election day, or in person between 8am and 6pm at the City's Administration building at 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood on election day. Voting is voluntary for local government elections.

Who can nominate to run for council in a local government election?

Anyone aged 18 years or older, and who is on the Western Australian Electoral Commission's Electoral Roll, which is currently being prepared, can nominate for Council. You should be automatically enrolled for your residential address. Contact the City's Rates Department on 08 9411 3444 to check your eligibility.

You cannot run for Council if you are:

  • A member of parliament or a member on another Council
  • Financially insolvent
  • Currently serving a prison sentence
  • Convicted of a serious local government offence in the previous five years
  • Convicted of an offence for which the indictable penalty was imprisonment of more than five years
  • Found personally liable for misapplying local government funds or property in the previous five years.

A person can nominate for the position of Mayor and/or as a councillor for any ward of the three wards in the district, subject to satisfying the eligibility requirements.

Voting

Anyone aged 18 years or older, and who is on the Western Australian Electoral Commission's Electoral Roll may vote. You should be automatically enrolled for your residential address, but if you own more than one property in the district, you may be entitled to vote in more than one ward election. Contact the City's Rates Department on 08 9411 3444 to check your eligibility.

Mandatory training for candidates

It is mandatory for prospective candidates to undertake a training course prior to nomination.

For further information please visit the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries opens in a new window website.

How to become a Councillor?

You can nominate to stand as a candidate in the local government elections, by contacting the Returning Officer. If accepted, you are then able to commence your campaign for election. 

Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) Webinar for Prospective Candidates

Details of the Candidate Information Briefing will be provided closer to the time.

Wards and boundaries

Please go to Our People and Suburbs opens in a new window for more information on Cockburn wards and boundaries.

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Contact

Address

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)

Language Support

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, present and emerging.