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How to become an elected member

Councillors 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 for the upcoming Fremantle election on Saturday 16 October. 

The positions of Fremantle Mayor, City Ward Councillor, North Ward Councillor, South Ward Councillor, East Ward Councillor, Beaconsfield Ward Councillor and Hilton Ward Councillor are up for election. 

Any eligible elector in the City of Fremantle (who is 18 years of age or older and who is not disqualified) can stand as a candidate in the City of Fremantle Local Government Elections. Nominees of a body corporate cannot stand for election.

Enquiries about your enrolment eligibility status can be checked through the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) website or by calling the WAEC on 13 63 06 (WA only) or 08 9214 0400.

Who can nominate to become an elected member?

Nominations can only be submitted to the Returning Officer responsible for the City of Fremantle local government elections once the nomination period opens between Thursday 2 September to 4pm, Thursday 9 September 2021. 

An effective nomination consists of the following:

Prior to nominating, potential candidates should also read the Western Australian Electoral Commission's call for nominations notice which covers eligibility and nomination requirements.

To be eligible to nominate for the Council elections, you must be on the electoral roll for the City (resident or owner/occupier). Residents who are on the State Electoral Roll are automatically enrolled to vote. If you have recently moved to Fremantle, enrolment forms will be accepted until 5pm, Friday 27 August 2021.

Key dates for the 2021 Local Government Election

16 August

Candidate Information Session for prospective Council candidates

27 August

Electoral roll closes

2–9 September

Candidate nomination period

16 October

Election day - postal votes counted and results announced

Information for candidates is available from the City’s website or the WA Electoral Commission website. Nominations for candidates are open between 2–9 September.

If you have any questions about nominating for council or the upcoming election contact or call 9432 9643.

Should you have any enquiries about your eligibility and nomination procedures for prospective candidates, please contact the Returning Officer on:

Dave Paige
Returning Officer
T 0458 806 791

Useful Links and forms

Department of Local Government - Nominating to be a council member
Western Australian Electoral Commission Forms and Guides
Disclosure of electoral gifts
Electoral Activities and Signage policy

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