Local government elections

2023 Ordinary Local Government Elections

Western Australia’s local government elections were held on Saturday 21 October 2023. Final results are available here.

RESULTS - 2024 Local Government Extraordinary Elections

Results will be published on the WA Electoral Commission website when all counting has been finalised and the Returning Officer has declared the results. For details, click on LG link in the below table. Results will also be available via the relevant local government website.

2024 Local Government Extraordinary Elections

Extraordinary elections (new elections, similar to a State or Federal by-election) are generally held when:

  • there weren't enough candidates contesting the ordinary local government election to fill the available positions, or 
  • the departure of a sitting council member (eg due to resignation or disqualification) and the lack of "backfill" provisions or a lack of suitable candidates, requires a new election to fill available vacancies, or
  • a sitting council member becomes Shire Presidents or Mayor creating a vacancy in the council member's spot.

The following local governments will be holding extraordinary elections in 2024:

Local government   Election day  Last date to enrol  Postal or in-person 
Shire of Ashburton (Tom Price Ward) 15 March 2024 - View results 18 January 2024, 5pm  Postal 
City of Bayswater (North Ward) 15 March 2024 - View results  18 January 2024, 5pm Postal 
City of Belmont (South Ward) 21 June 2024  26 April 2024, 5pm Postal
Shire of Boddington   9 March - View results    
Shire of Brookton    14 March 2024 - View results 17 January 2024, 5pm  Postal 
Shire of Broome   23 March 2024 - View results 29 January 2024, 5pm  In-person
Shire of Cue  21 June 2024 26 April 2024, 5pm Postal
Shire of Dandaragan 12 April 2024 - View results  15 February 2024, 5pm  Postal 
Shire of East Pilbara (East Ward) 15 March 2024 - View results 18 January 2024,5pm In-person 
Shire of Exmouth 12 April 2024 - View results 15 February 2024,5pm Postal 
Shire of Gnowangerup Elected unopposed    
Shire of Halls Creek   8 March - View results    
Shire of Irwin Election uncontested    
Shire of Merredin   Elected unopposed    
Town of Mosman Park 15 March 2024 - View results 18 January 2024, 5pm  Postal 
Town of Port Hedland  8 March - View results    
Shire of Sandstone Elected unopposed    
Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale (North Ward) 23 March 2024 - View results 29 January 2024, 5pm Postal 
Shire of Three Springs   Elected unopposed    
Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley 12 April 2024 - View results  15 February 2024, 5pm  Postal 
Shire of Yalgoo   8 March - View results    

Make your vote count  

Voting in extraordinary local government elections is not compulsory, however it is strongly encouraged. This is your opportunity to have a say about who represents you on council. 

The electoral roll closes around 8 weeks before the election. To vote, you must be on the electoral roll before rolls close (see details above). Enrol to vote, or check or update your enrolment details online.

Postal elections 

For postal elections, postal election packages (ballots) will be mailed out around 4 weeks before the election day. For example if the election day is 15 March, ballots will start being sent out around mid February.  

Completed ballots must be returned to the WA Electoral Commission by 6pm on election day. Ballots received after this time won’t be counted. If it’s too late to post, you can hand deliver your election package to a local polling place.  

If you’ve misplaced or damaged your postal election package, visit your local government office for a replacement package. Don’t forget to bring your ID.  

In-person elections 

For in-person elections, you can vote early, vote on election day or apply for a postal vote. Contact your local government for more information. 

 

Who can vote?

Enrol or update your enrolment

The electoral roll closes around 8 weeks before the election. To vote, you must be on the electoral roll before rolls close (see dates above). Enrol to vote or update your enrolment details online.

Who can vote?

Anyone who is enrolled to vote for the local government district or ward that’s holding the extraordinary election is eligible to vote. This includes the following electors:  

  • Residents: All residents in a local government district who are enrolled on the State electoral roll are automatically enrolled on the corresponding local government roll.  

  • Owners and Occupiers: People who own or occupy property within a local government district, can apply to their local government to be included on the roll as an owner/occupier, as long as they areeligible electors. A body corporate may apply to have up to two eligible electors to be included on the owner/occupier roll.  

Owners and Occupiers Roll   

If you own or occupy rateable property in a local government area but are not on the State electoral roll for the ward or district for which you are claiming entitlement, you canapply to the relevant local government to be on the Owners and Occupiers Roll, provided that you meet other eligibility requirements. A body corporate may apply to have up to two eligible electors to be included on the Owners and Occupiers Roll.Learn more about Owners and Occupiers Roll.

Do I have to vote? 

Voting is not compulsory however it is strongly encouraged. Voting means you have a say in who represents you on your local council.  

What if I live in a different ward of the local government holding an extraordinary election? 

Only electors enrolled in the ward or district for which the extraordinary election is being held, can vote. For example, if you’re enrolled in the City of Bayswater in a ward other than North Ward, you cannot vote in the 2024 extraordinary election. It is only for North Ward electors.  

 

Changes to voting in local government elections 

Optional preferential voting  

Local government elections in WA now use ‘optional preferential voting’, instead of ‘first past the post’ voting. Optional preferential voting is similar to how voting is done in State and Federal elections.  

Under the optional preferential voting system, voters number candidates in the order of their preference. You don’t have to number all the boxes if you don’t want to.  

You have the choice to –  

  • vote for one candidate - by putting a 1 next to their name  

  • vote for some candidates - by numbering several candidates in the order of your preference  

  • vote for all candidates - in the order of your preference   

Learn more about preferential voting.  

Changes to council representation  

Council representation is aligned to the population of the district. For smaller councils, wards have been abolished.  Learn more about changes to council representation.   

Learn more about local government legislative reform 

Learn more about the changes on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website.

 

Information for candidates 

Thinking about running for local council? The links below include important information about what’s involved in becoming a local government candidate. 

 

Quick links 

Toolkit - resources such as social tiles, videos and audio to share with your communities

Electoral offences and complaints 

Information for scrutineers 

Election Notices

Service charter 

 

Media statements

Enrol to vote for local government extraordinary elections - 4 January 2024