About Geraldton Council Elections
The City of Greater Geraldton Council comprises 15 Councillors, including the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
Local Government Ordinary Elections are held every two years on the third Saturday in October the next election will be held on 21 October 2017.
Ratepayers and residents of the City are entitled to vote in local government elections.
Local governments make many decisions that affect the local community and by voting at local elections, ratepayers and residents can contribute to effective local government by having a voice in determining who will represent them in making those decisions.
Nominations for Council
The Department of Local Government and Communities have publications which provide detailed information for candidates who wish to nominate for a local government election.
Details are available at Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) and Department of Local Government and Communities
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 completed using WAEC - Nomination Builder
- 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.
Further details are available on the WAEC website.
Elections are conducted by postal voting by the WAEC with all eligible electors being sent voting papers for their respective ward for completion and return by prepaid post.
View the WAEC website.
Who is eligible to vote?
To be able to vote in the local government election, a person must be a resident of the City of Greater Geraldton, or an owner or occupier of rateable property.
A resident is anyone enrolled on the State electoral roll for a residence in the electorate, and will automatically be included on any electoral roll supplied to the relevant local government for that electorate by the Western Australian Electoral Commission.
Non-resident owners/ occupiers
Owners and occupiers are not automatically included on a local government’s electoral rolls. If the owner occupier is enrolled on the State electoral roll as living at the relevant address in the City of Greater Geraldton then they are automatically included on the Local Government roll.
If the owner or occupier of a City of Greater Geraldton property is enrolled on the State electoral roll as living outside the District, or if they are not on any other roll but meet the eligibility criteria, enrolment is no longer automatic. Application must be made to be placed on the local roll.
Non-resident owners of rateable property in an electorate can also vote, as long as they are on a State or Commonwealth electoral roll for a residence outside the electorate.
Non –resident occupiers
Non –resident occupiers can vote provided they have a right of continuous occupation under a lease tenancy agreement or other legal instrument. The right of continuous occupation must extend for a period of at least three months from the time the person claims enrolment.
More than two owners or occupiers or body corporate
If property is owned or occupied by more than two owners or occupiers or the owner or occupier is a body corporate, only two people can be nominated to enrol.
The people concerned or the body corporate must nominate the same two people for all the properties within the district that are owned or occupied by the body corporate or people concerned.
The two people selected must be on the State or Commonwealth roll for where they live and must not already be on the district or ward roll in another capacity.
How do I enrol to vote?
If you are not on the State electoral roll and meet the eligibility criteria to enrol please visit the enrolment page of the WAEC website. From this site you can download an enrolment form or enrol online.
Owners and occupiers
Owners and occupiers are not automatically included on a local government’s electoral rolls.
If the owner occupier is enrolled on the State electoral roll as living at the relevant address in the City of Greater Geraldton then they are automatically included on the Local Government roll.
If the owner or occupier of a City of Greater Geraldton property is enrolled on the State electoral roll as living outside the District, or if they are not on any other roll but meet the eligibility criteria, enrolment is no longer automatic.
How do owner occupiers apply for enrolment eligibility?
Applications for inclusion on the local government roll as an owner occupier are to be made on an ‘Enrolment Eligibility Claim’ prescribed Form 2.
View the Enrolment Eligibility Claim Form 2.
Forms are to be completed and to be lodged with the City's Rates Revenue Team:
In Person: 63 Cathedral Avenue Geraldton
Mail: City of Greater Geraldton PO Box 101 Geraldton WA 6531
Email: City of Greater Geraldton
To be able to vote at the election the application must reach and be accepted by the CEO.
If the application is rejected the applicant will be advised in writing.
What is the closing date for enrolments?
The closing date for the electoral roll is 50 days prior to the election.
Frequently asked questions about Local Government Elections
Does the City of Greater Geraldton have electoral wards?
Yes, the City of Greater Geraldton comprises of 7 wards:
- Tarcoola Ward
- Port Ward
- Champion Bay Ward
- Hills Ward
- Willcock Ward
- Mullewa Ward
- Champion Bay Ward
Can I vote for the Mayor?
Yes, the Mayor of the City of Greater Geraldton is currently elected by ordinary election at the end of the term of office.
Is voting at local government elections compulsory?
No they are not.
Where can I vote?
The City of Greater Geraldton conducts its election by postal voting in conjunction with the WAEC. A voting package which consists of the ballot paper and Candidate profiles is posted to each elector over 20 days prior to election day – this allows plenty of time to vote and return the completed ballot paper in the envelope provided.
A polling place is open on election day so that electors may return completed ballot papers in person (e.g. If the elector forgot to post their completed ballot papers in time)
A ballot box will also be provided from the day ballot papers are sent out to electors until 6pm on election day at the City of Greater Geraldton Administration Building, 63 Cathedral Avenue, Geraldton.
When do candidates nominate to stand for election?
The nomination period opens on the 44th day prior to Election Day and close at 4:00pm on the 37th day prior to election.
Who is the Returning Officer?
The Returning Officer for the City of Greater Geraldton, will be advised prior to the election.
When is local government election day and when does the election close?
The local government election day is held throughout Western Australia on the third Saturday in October every second year. The next local government elections will be held on 21 October 2017
What if my property is divided between several wards?
If a property is divided by ward boundaries, a person is entitled to be enrolled only for the ward they nominate (not both). If they fail to nominate a ward, the CEO is to decide the ward.
I own two properties. Why do I only get one vote?
If both properties are in the same ward of that local government district, you only have one vote. However, if you have two properties in different wards, you will receive a vote for each ward, provided you are on the roll for these addresses. Please check above to see if you need to complete an Enrolment Eligibility Claim Form 2.