Elections (old)

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.

2017 Local Government Elections

Local government elections will be held in October 2017. They will be run by the WA Electoral Commission as a postal vote.

There will be six vacancies -- for the Mayor, two councillors each in West and Central Wards and one in East Ward.

These roles are currently represented by Mayor Howlett and Councillors Allen and Sweetman (West), Councillors Eva and Houwen (Central) and Councillor Smith (East). 

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

Anyone aged 18 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.

Webinar for prospective elected members

Ever thought about nominating to become a councillor, but you aren't sure if the role is for you? Then be sure to register for this free webinar to have all your questions answered.

Topics will include:

  • an overview of local government
  • the roles and responsibilities of Council and elected members
  • behavioural expectations of elected members
  • an overview of the skills required to be a successful councillor, and
  • impacts on home life

The target audience for this webinar is anyone who is thinking about nominating for local government election.

Like all of WALGA’s webinars you will have an opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A session at the end of the presentation.

Date: Thursday, 17 August
Time: 5-5.45pm (including presentation and Q&A session)

Be quick to register as places will fill fast.

Please click to register for this free webinar opens in a new window.

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 submit an online nomination opens in a new window 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.

City of Cockburn elected members are elected for a period of four years.  

Wards and boundaries

Please go to Our People and Suburbs for more information on Cockburn boundaries and wards.

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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.