The City of Stirling Council is comprised of 14 Councillors elected to seven Wards. Each Ward is represented by two Elected Members.

Local government elections are held every two years on the third Saturday in October. 

The Councillors are elected for four year terms, with half of the Councillors' terms concluding at each biennial election. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected by and from the Councillors and hold office for two years.

The City holds postal elections, which are conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission and held under a first past the post voting system, whereby the candidate with the highest number vote of wins.

Carolyn Muir has been appointed as the Returning Officer by the Western Australian Electoral Commission to oversee the election which includes taking candidate nominations and supervising the count on election night.

Carolyn can be contacted via:

Mobile: 0467 800 305

Osborne Ward vacancy

Following the resignation of former Councillor David Michael, at its meeting held 11 April 2017, Council resolved to allow the vacancy in the Osborne Ward to remain unfilled until the ordinary election on 21 October 2017, subject to the approval of the Electoral Commissioner.

On 19 April 2017, the City received approval from the Electoral Commissioner.


At its meeting held 7 March 2017, Council resolved to hold a referendum in conjunction with the 2017 local government election to ascertain the community's view on the method of electing the City of Stirling Mayor.

All electors will be provided with a referendum ballot paper in addition to their relevant ward ballot paper in their postal voting package.

Electors will be asked to answer yes or no to the following question "Do you support changing the method of electing the City of Stirling Mayor from 'by the Councillors' to 'by the electors'?"

2017 Election Key Dates

​Friday 1 September 2017​Close of Enrolments at 5.00pm
​Thursday 7 September 2017​Nominations Open
​Thursday 14 September 2017​Nominations Close at 4.00pm
​Saturday 21 October 2017​Election Day - Poll closes at 6.00pm

Public Notices

2017 City of Stirling - Close of Enrolments - for further information click here

2017 City of Stirling - Call for Nominations - for further information click here

2017 City of Stirling - Election Notice - for further information click here

Voting in elections

Election voting packages are posted to all electors of the City of Stirling approximately three weeks before Election Day.

Every person enrolled on either the Residents Roll or the Non-Residents Owners and Occupiers Roll will be sent a postal vote and invited to complete the ballot and return it to the City by 6.00pm on Election Day.

The count commences from 6.00pm that same day and the results are usually available later that evening.

Past Election Results

Full election results, including votes received by each candidate are available on the Western Australian Electoral Commission website.