Becoming an elected member

Elected members play a vital leadership role, working together to create and implement the community's vision, strategic direction and values.

Improving your community starts with local government. If you want to make a difference to your local facilities and services, 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. Please note, nominees of a body corporate cannot stand for election.

For more information on the role of elected members please visit the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries' website.

Balga Ward By-Election

Are you interested in nominating as a candidate for the Balga Ward By-Election? Here is some important information.

  • To be eligible to nominate, you do not have to live in the Balga Ward, but you must be a resident of the City of Stirling. This means that you must be on the WA Electoral Roll at an address within the CIty of Stirling.
  • Nominations for the Balga Ward By-Election open on Wednesday 12 October 2022. To nominate you are required to make an appointment with the Returning Officer, Ms Leonie Veitch, who can be contacted on 0458 803 767.
  • Nominations close on Wednesday 19 October 2022 at 4.00pm. Immediately after nominations close a ballot draw will be held to determine the order of candidate names on the ballot paper. This will be held in the Parmelia Room at the City of Stirling Administration Centre, 25 Cedric Street, Stirling. The City's Manager Governance will then brief candidates on some important information regarding campaigning.

Prospective candidates information session

On 12 August 2021, the City held an information session for prospective local government candidates for the October 2021 Local Government Election. The session provided an overview of the roles and responsibilities of the Elected Members and the nomination and election process. The session included presentations from a former Councillor on life as a Councillor, the WAEC on the nomination and election process, the Manager Governance on election signage, and the CEO of the City of Stirling giving an overview of the City and its operations. Please note that dates mentioned in this presentation relate to the 2021 local government elections.

The session was recorded and can be viewed via the City's YouTube channel here.

How to nominate

The Local Government Act 1995 requires candidates to complete the Local Government candidate induction eLearning module prior to nominating.

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

  • Completed nomination form - it is recommended that candidates use the Nomination Builder to complete their nomination form and construct their candidate profile
  • Candidate profile (800 characters maximum)
  • Deposit of $80
  • Photograph (optional).

Electoral gifts

Candidates in local government elections must be aware of their legislative obligations in relation to the disclosure of gifts leading up to the local government elections.

Part 5A of the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997 requires both candidates and donors to disclose information about any electoral related gift with a value of $200 or more that was given or promised during the disclosure period (being six months before election day).

Electoral gifts

A "gift" means a disposition of property, or the conferral of any financial benefit, made by one person in favour of another.

It can include:

  • a gift of money
  • a gift which is non-monetary but of value
  • a gift in kind or where there is inadequate financial consideration such as the receipt of a discount (where the difference or the discount is worth more than $200)
  • a financial or other contribution to travel
  • the provision of a service for no consideration or for inadequate consideration
  • a firm promise or agreement to give a gift at some future time.

It is important to note that a gift could be one or more gifts from the same donor that has a combined value of $200 or more.

A "gift" does not include a gift by will; a gift from a relative; a gift that does not relate tot he candidate's candidature; or the provision of volunteer labour.

Disclosure of electoral gifts

Both candidates and donors are required to disclose information about any electoral related gift with a value of $200 or more that is given or promised within the disclosure period. It is essential that candidates be aware of this legislative requirement and should advise of their reporting responsibilities.

Disclosure period

Within three days of nomination, any candidate in a local government election is required to disclose any gifts received within the disclosure period prior to nomination. The disclosure period commences six months prior to Election Day.

The disclosure period concludes 3 days after election day for unsuccessful candidates or for successful candidates on the start day for financial interest returns.

The start day is the day of the declaration by the Elected Member.

How a disclosure is made

All disclosures are to be made on a LG09A Disclosure of Gifts form and delivered to the City of Stirling Chief Executive Officer within three days of receiving the gift, once your candidate nomination has been made to the Returning Officer.

Donors will also need to disclose any gifts made within the relevant period. Information to be supplied includes the name of the candidate, the name and address of the donor, the date the gift was promised and received, the value of the gift and a description of the gift.

More information

Please see Sections 2.19 to 2.24 of the Local Government Act 1995, visit the Western Australian Electoral Commission website or visit the local government election page on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website.