Introduction: 

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Electoral enrolment and Local Government Elections.

  1. Who is entitled to vote?
  2. What is the voting entitlement per person or property?
  3. Where do I get an electoral form to apply for the non-resident owner and occupier roll?
  4. Who conducts the election?
  5. Is voting compulsory?
  6. Is early or absent voting available?
  7. What if I don’t receive a postal voting package?

Who is entitled to vote?

The roll for an election consists of:

  1. Perth residents roll - this comprises individuals who live in the City of Perth electorate and who are enrolled on the State Electoral Roll. Residents should direct enquiries about the Perth residents roll to the Western Australian Electoral Commission on 13 63 06.
  2. City of Perth non-resident owners and occupiers roll - this comprises individuals who own (but do not reside in) or occupy rateable property in the City and of individuals nominated by companies that own or occupy rateable property in the City. Non-resident owner and occupiers should direct enquiries about the City's non-resident owner and occupier roll to the Governance Unit on 9461 3250.

What is the voting entitlement per person or property?

A person may have his or her name on the roll only once regardless of the number of properties owned or occupied. A company may have a maximum of two people on the roll as nominees of that company regardless of the number of properties owned or occupied.

“Occupation” means having a right under a lease, tenancy agreement or other legal instrument, to be in continuous occupation of a definable piece of rateable property for at least the next three months after the date of application.

Where do I get an electoral form to apply for the non-resident owner and occupier roll?

Who conducts the election?

The election will be conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) as a postal election. Packages containing information on the candidates, instructions on how to vote, the ballot paper, and the return envelopes will be posted to electors about three weeks before Election Day.

Is voting compulsory?

No, voting in local government elections is not compulsory in Western Australia.

Is early or absent voting available?

No. Early or absent voting is not available for postal elections. If you are going to be away at the time of the election you need to get someone to forward your papers to you.

What if I don’t receive a postal voting package?

A replacement package can be issued if yours has been lost or destroyed. You should contact the Governance Unit  (9461 3250) who can assist you.

For any other information or for more detail on a particular topic:
Visit the Department of Local Government and Communities website