Who can nominate to become an Elected Member?

Councillors play a vital leadership role, working together to create and implement the community's vision, strategic direction and values. If you want to make a difference in your community and have a say in local decision-making, then consider becoming a candidate.

Any eligible elector in the City of Stirling (who is 18 years of age or older and who is not disqualified) can stand as a candidate in the City of Stirling Local Government Elections. Nominees of a body corporate cannot stand for election.

Further details on who is qualified to be a candidate is outlined in sections 2.19 to 2.24 of the Local Government Act 1995. Enquiries about your enrolment eligibility status can be checked through the 
Western Australian Electoral Commission website or by calling the Western Australian Electoral Commission on 13 63 06 (WA only) or (08) 9214 0400.

Nomination Dates

The nomination period to become a candidate for local government elections opens on the 44th day before election day and closes on the37th day before election day at 4.00pm SHARP.

Returning Officer

The City's Returning Officer is responsible for the conduct and processes associated with the City of Stirling Local Government Elections. The Returning Officer is able to provide further information for prospective candidates including guides and forms for candidates and scrutineers. 

How to nominate

Nominations can only be submitted to the Returning Officer responsible for the City of Stirling local government elections once the nomination period opens. An effective nomination consists of the following:

  • a completed nomination form
  • a profile of the candidate, prepared in accordance with the regulations
  • a nomination deposit of $80.00 in the form of cash, bank cheque or money order
  • a photograph (optional)

Prior to nominating, potential candidates should read the Western Australian Electoral Commission's Guide for Candidates (Postal Elections) which covers eligibility, nomination and disclosure of gifts requirements.

For further information about standing for Council, read the related publications and information provided on this website, which provides practical advice and information about what is expected of a Councillor, and how to stand for Council.

WALGA Prospective Elected Member Webinar
(Western Australian Local Government Association) 

In 2015 WALGA hosted a webinar to inform prospective candidates of the role of a Councillor in the Western Australian community.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to watch the Webinar below.  The webinar runs for 30 minutes and covers topics including:

  • About Local Government;
  • Roles and Responsibilities;
  • Expectations of Elected Members;
  • Council Meetings;
  • Personal Responsibilities; and
  • Impacts on Home Life.

In addition, answers to the questions asked during and after the Prospective Elected Member Webinar are available to read at WALGA Training Website