Council Elections

Designated Local Government Elections

Local Government Elections are held on the third Saturday in October, every two years. 

When: The next election will be held on Saturday, 21 October 2023.

How: The Shire uses postal voting and postal voting packages which are mailed to all eligible electors on the local government electoral roll. Packages include a list of candidates, ballot papers, instructions on how to vote, a declaration and a reply-paid envelope.

2021 Local Government Election results

View the results of the local government election held on Saturday, 16 October 2021.

How to make sure you can vote in Local Government Elections.

Voting is not compulsory but is encouraged.

All eligible electors must enrol to vote. When you enrol to vote, you are enrolled for Commonwealth, State and Local Government Elections. You can check your enrolment online.

All residents in a Local Government district who are enrolled on the State Electoral Roll are automatically enrolled on the corresponding local government roll. All eligible electors are allowed to vote once in any district or ward for which they are enrolled. If a person lives within one local district or ward, and owns or occupies property in a different district or ward, they may be entitled to a vote in both areas, provided they are enrolled for those addresses. 

If you are a resident of the Shire and not already enrolled to vote at your residence, you must make a claim for enrolment with the State Electoral Commission.

Information for Voters

Types of Voters


People who are already enrolled as electors on the State Electoral Roll for their residential address, are automatically enrolled on the Resident Roll for Local Government Elections and will not need to make a claim for enrolment.

If you are a resident of the Shire and not already enrolled to vote at your residence, you must make a claim for enrolment with the State Electoral Commission.

If you are a non-resident and are not on the State Electoral Role: 

Non-Resident Owners 

Non-resident owners are eligible to be enrolled to vote in a Local Government Election if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Enrolled as an elector on the State or Commonwealth Roll for a residence outside the Shire; and
  2. Own or occupy rateable property within the Shire; and
  3. Complete an Enrolment Eligibility Claim Form and have it accepted by the Shire for future elections.

What is the Owner / Occupier Roll?

The owner /occupier roll is an electoral roll for local government elections where people who own or occupy property within a local government district and are enrolled to vote at another address, can apply to their local government to be included on the roll as an owner /occupier.

Enrolment on the owner /occupier roll allows a person who is enrolled to vote at one address, and owns or occupies property at a different address, to a vote in both areas.

It also allows non-resident co-owners and occupiers who are enrolled to vote at another address, or a body corporate, to apply to nominate up to two eligible electors to be included on the owner /occupier roll.

Eligibility for Owner / Occupier Roll

People who own or occupy property within the Shire of Harvey can apply to be included on the roll as an owner /occupier, as long as they are eligible electors.

An eligible elector is someone who is currently on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll, or who qualifies under clause 12 of Schedule 9.3 to the Local Government Act 1995.

To qualify under clause 12 the elector must:


Occupiers of rateable land in the Shire that are not on the Resident’s Roll are eligible to vote in local government elections however they will need to complete an Enrolment Eligibility Claim Form and have it accepted by the Shire, and have a right of continuous occupation under lease, tenancy agreement or other legal instrument for a minimum of three months from the date of application.

Joint Owners and Occupiers

Where rateable property is owned or occupied by more than two people, a majority of the owners and occupiers may nominate two persons from amongst themselves, to be enrolled as owner /occupier electors.


A body corporate, which owns or occupies rateable property, may nominate two persons provided they are enrolled on either the State or Commonwealth electoral rolls. If the body corporate owns properties in more than one ward the same nominees must apply for both wards. The Shire requires confirmation in writing from the body corporate, stating the names of the nominees.

Enrolment Duration

For occupiers and corporations, if an enrolment eligibility claim is accepted it will remain valid for the next two ordinary elections in the Shire. After that period, if the elector wishes to retain their eligibility they will need to make another enrolment eligibility claim.

Eligibility for property owners remains in force until the property is sold or they wish to cancel their enrolment.

Information for Candidates

Nominate as a Candidate

Nominations can only be made to the Returning Officer during the designated nomination period. When a candidate makes a declaration , they are attesting that t they are an elector of the district and are not disqualified from holding office. The Returning Officer can witness a candidate's declaration. For more information about nominations please visit the Western Australian Electoral Commission.

To nominate as a candidate for a Local Government Election, the candidate must make a valid nomination application. This consists of:

  • a completed nomination form. It is recommended that candidates use Nomination Builder to complete their nomination form and construct their candidate profile.
  • a candidate profile (150 words maximum)
  • a deposit of $80
  • a photograph (optional).

All nomination applications must be signed by the candidate in front of a witness. The nomination application must be presented to the Returning Officer at a pre-arranged appointment before 4.00pm on the day of close of nominations, 37 days before election day.

As the Returning Officer may ask candidates to amend their nomination, it is recommended that candidates ensure that they have allowed sufficient time to finalise any required changes prior to the close of nominations.

Eligibility to nominate

Under the Local Government Act 1995, to be eligible to nominate as a candidate for a local government election, the candidate must be an elector of the district (residential or owner / occupier) and over 18 years of age. A person cannot nominate as a candidate if they:

  • are a member of the Legislative Assembly, the Legislative Council, the House of Representatives or the Senate (or has been elected as such a member but has not yet taken office);
  • are a member of the council of another Local Government;
  • are an insolvent under administration;
  • are in prison serving a sentence for a crime;
  • have been convicted of a serious local government offence within the last 5 years (unless the court waived the disqualification);
  • have been convicted on indictment of an offence for which the indictable penalty was, or included:
    • imprisonment for life, or
    • imprisonment for more than five years.
  • are subject to a court order disqualifying him or her from being a member of a council because he or she has misapplied local government funds or property; or
  • are a nominee of a body corporate.

Prior to nominating, all candidates must complete the online candidate induction course from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website.