Nominating for council
Becoming an Elected Member at the City of Subiaco provides an opportunity to be part of the decision making process to make a positive difference in your community. Elected Members have a wide range of responsibilities, including representing electors and residents in making decisions about community assets, infrastructure and services, allocation of resources and setting Council's policies.
The nomination period to become a candidate in the 2021 local government elections will open from Thursday 2 September to Thursday 9 September at 4pm. The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has published information to assist with the nomination process.
The City of Subiaco has four ward areas. In 2021, there are vacancies for the positions of:
- South Ward councillor (1)
- East Ward councillor (1)
There are only vacancies in the South Ward and East Ward due to the Ward and Representation Review that was conducted in 2020. This reduced the number of offices of Councillor from eleven to eight, with two Councillors in each ward. This means that there are no vacanies in the North Ward and Central Ward, as the elected Councillors in those Wards have not completed their four year terms.
To nominate as an Elected Member, you must:
- Be on the electoral roll as a resident or non-resident owner or occupier of a rateable property in the City of Subiaco.
- Be over 18 years of age and not disqualified from being an Elected Member under the Local Government Act 1995.
Nominees of a body corporate are not eligible to nominate as an Elected Member. See Part 2, Division 5 of the Local Government Act for a list of disqualifying factors.
Nominations are to be finalised and lodged in person with the City’s Returning Officer, who is responsible for the local government elections once the nomination period opens. An effective nomination consists of:
- a completed nomination form
- a profile of the candidate, prepared in accordance with the regulations
- a nomination deposit of $80 (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 (Postal Elections) and be familiar with eligibility, nomination and disclosure of gifts requirements.
Candidates are encouraged to make an appointment with the City’s Returning Officer well before nominations close to discuss nominations. The City’s Returning Officer will be available at the City of Subiaco Administration Centre for appointments during the nomination period.
Returning Officers have not yet been appointed for the 2021 Ordinary Local Government Election by the WA Electoral Commission. Contact details for the Returning Officer will be provided after these appointments have been made by the WA Electoral Commission.
New laws have been introduced which makes it compulsory for all candidates nominating in a local government election to complete an online induction. The induction should take no longer than one hour to complete.When you fill in your nomination form you will be asked to declare that you have completed the online induction. It is an offence to make false or misleading statements on the nomination form.
Once you have completed your induction, please fill in your details and register your completion. Please make sure you press the registration button at the end or your completion will not be registered. You should receive an email confirming you have completed the induction. Please keep this for your own records.
Disclosure of electoral gifts
Both candidates and donors are required to disclose information about any electoral related gift with a value of $200 or more that is given or promised within the disclosure period. It is essential that candidates are aware of this legislative requirement and should advise donors of their reporting responsibilities.
All disclosures are to be made on a LG09A Disclosure of Gifts form and delivered to the City of Subiaco Chief Executive Officer within three days of receiving the gift, once the candidate nomination has been made to the Returning Officer.
Donors will also need to disclose any gifts made within the relevant period. Information to be supplied includes the name of the candidate, the name and address of the donor, the date the gift was promised or received, the value of the gift and a description of the gift.
Download LG09A Disclosure of Gifts form.
Candidate information session
If you’re planning on nominating for Council, you are encouraged to attend the prospective candidate information session for the western suburbs. This session will enable prospective candidates to gain more information on the local government elections process and the expectation of councillors. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. More details on this event will be released closer to the date.
The evening will feature a presentation by the Western Australian Electoral Commission and Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA).
Details for this event have not yet been confirmed. Once details are confirmed, this information will be published on the website.