The electoral roll
The City of Perth electoral roll comprises the residents roll and the non-resident owners and occupiers roll.
The residents roll is maintained by the Western Australian Electoral Commission. People who reside in the city (irrespective of whether they own the property or are tenants) and who are on the state electoral roll will be on this roll automatically and can vote in City of Perth elections. No separate enrolment for the City of Perth is necessary. Enquiries about this roll should be directed to the Western Australian Electoral Commission on 132 326.
The non-resident owners and occupiers roll is maintained by the City of Perth. This is comprised of 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. Each person applying to go onto this roll must be on the state or Commonwealth electoral roll and must reside outside of the City of Perth local government district. If applying as an occupier the person must have a right of continuous occupation of that property for at least three months from the date of application. The applicant is not required to provide proof of this in the first instance.
Enquiries about the non-resident owners and occupiers roll should be directed to the City of Perth Governance and Electoral Officer on (08) 9461 3250.
When property is owned:
- Each rateable property may provide up to two owners or owner nominees on the roll.
- If a property is owned by an individual person, that person may enrol. Where a property is owned by two or more people, two of the owners may enrol, (with the written agreement of a majority of the owners where there are three or more owners).
- Where a property is owned by a corporate body, the corporate body may nominate one or two people to go onto the roll.
- An individual may only enrol once regardless of the number of properties owned, and a corporate body may only nominate two people onto the roll regardless of the number of properties owned in the City of Perth.
- An owner remains on the roll until the property is sold or in the case of owner nominees, either until the property is sold or the corporate body changes its nominees.
When property is occupied:
- Each identifiable portion of rateable property that is occupied may provide up to two occupiers or occupier nominees on the roll.
- Where an individual occupies the property he or she may enrol. Where two or more individuals jointly occupy a property up to two of them may enrol (with the written agreement of a majority where there are three or more co-occupiers).
- A corporate body that occupies property may nominate up to two people to go onto the roll.
- An individual may only enrol once regardless of the number of properties occupied and a corporate body may only nominate two people regardless of the number of properties occupied in the City of Perth.
- Occupiers and occupier nominees remain on the roll for two elections after their enrolment is accepted and then are taken off the roll six months after the second election. They must then re-enrol if they wish to continue as electors.
Individuals or corporate bodies may only be on the roll or represented on the roll in one capacity, that is, either as owners or occupiers. Where both capacities are available to an individual or a body corporate, the owner category would normally be chosen because of the longer term on the roll.
Enrolment claims for either the residents roll or the non-resident owners and occupiers roll can be lodged at any time. Enrolments for any particular election close 50 days before election day.