Council Elections and Voting

Local Government Elections

2019 election results

View the election results that were held on 19 October 2019.

Local government elections are held every two years, on the third Saturday in October. To become a councillor you must nominate yourself and once accepted you can campaign. Residents elect three councillors to represent each ward and a Mayor for the Council. Elected members are chosen for a four year term. Voting can be done through post or in person at the City’s administration building. Voting is voluntary.  They will be run by the Western Australian Electoral Commission as a postal vote.

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

Anyone aged 18 years or older, and is on the local governments Electoral Roll, can nominate for council.

You cannot run for Council if you are:

  • A member of parliament or a member on another Council
  • Are 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.
Can a person nominating for Council in a local government nominate only in a ward where they live, or own or occupy property?
A person can run for council in any ward of that local government’s district.

How to become a Councillor?

You can nominate by submitting your nomination to stand as a candidate in the local government elections. If accepted, you then campaign in your chosen ward to tell people who you are and what you believe you can do for them, if elected. 

Election Day

Residents of each ward can elect representatives for their area of Council on election day. Every four years, a Mayor is also elected. Residents of respective wards receive voting forms in the post prior to election day. Voting can be done through post or in person at the City’s administration building at 9 Coleville Crescent in Spearwood on election day. Voting is voluntary for local government elections.

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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9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

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

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.