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.

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?

Nomination dates - South Fremantle ward local government election

The nomination period to become a candidate for the South Fremantle Ward local government election opens on the 44th day (31 January 2018) before election day and closes on the 37th day (7 February 2018) before election day at 4.00 pm SHARP.

Returning officer

The City's Returning Officer is responsible for the conduct and processes associated with the City of Fremantle Local Government Elections. The Returning Officer is able to provide further information for prospective candidates including guides and forms for candidates and scrutineers.

The Returning Officer can be contacted at:

Mobile: 0428 284 746
Email –  

How to nominate

Nominations can only be submitted to the Returning Officer responsible for the City of Fremantle local government elections once the nomination period opens. An effective nomination consists of the following:

  • a completed nomination form
  • a profile of the candidate, prepared in accordance with the regulations
  • a nomination deposit of $80.00 in the form of cash, bank cheque or money order
  • a photograph (optional)

Prior to nominating, potential candidates should read the Western Australian Electoral Commission's Guide for Candidates which covers eligibility, nomination and disclosure of gifts requirements.

Useful Links

Department of Local Government frequently asked questions
Department of Local Government elections fact sheets
Prospective elected members webinar - Western Australian Local Government Association
Western Australian Electoral Commission Forms and Guides
Disclosure of electoral gifts form

Contact us

City of Fremantle
Fremantle Oval
70 Parry Street
T 08 9432 9999
F 08 9430 4634
TTY 08 9432 9777