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.

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. Please note, nominees of a body corporate cannot stand for election.

Nominations for the 2019 local government elections open Thursday 5 September and close Thursday 12 September at 4.00pm.

Louise Foppoli has been appointed as the City of Stirling Returning Officer for the 2019 local government elections. The Returning Officer is responsible for the conduct and processes associated with election. The Returning Officer is able to provide further information for prospective candidates including guides and forms for candidates and scrutineers. Louise can be contacted on 0419 911 619 or lgro_sti@elections.wa.gov.au

WALGA Prospective Elected Members Webinar

The Western Australian Local Government Association held a webinar for prospective candidates on Thursday 15 August. The topics included were:

  • Parliament's role in creating legislation for local government
  • How to read the Local Government Act 1995 and regulations
  • Who does what at a local government
  • A Councillor's personal responsibilities
  • Consequences of improper conduct

To view the webinar please click here.

How to nominate

The Local Government Act 1995 has recently been amended. Candidates are required to complete the Local Government candidate induction eLearning module prior to nominating.

Nominations must be submitted (by appointment) to Louise Foppoli, the City of Stirling Returning Officer during the nomination period. 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 (150 words maximum)
  • Deposit of $80
  • Photograph (optional).

Candidates are encouraged to email their profiles to Louise prior to their appointment to allow her to review the content and ensure it complies with the Western Australian Electoral Commission requirements and associated regulations.

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 $200.00)
  • 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's combined value is $200.00 or more.

A "gift" does not include a gift by will; a gift from a relative; a gift that does not relate to the 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 $200.00 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 donors 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. Any gift received after nomination is required to be disclosed within three days of acceptance of the gift.

The disclosure period finishes three days after Election Day (for unsuccessful candidates) and on the start day for financial interest returns for successful candidates.

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 or 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 read the Local Government Election information on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website.