Elections

About Geraldton Council Elections

The City of Greater Geraldton Council currently 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  19 October 2019.

From the day of the election, 19 October 2019, the number of offices of Council will be reduced to 13 councillors, including the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

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.

Council Policy on Election Signs

Nominations for Council

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, issue 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 , Sport and Cultural Industries

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

  • 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.

Candidates Information

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.

Voting Method

Elections are conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission as a postal ballot.

Election packages are posted to all electors enrolled on the City's combined electoral roll approximately two weeks before election day. Each person enrolled to vote will be issued a ballot package by mail which will provide details and instructions on how to vote.

Completed packages must be received by the Western Australian Electoral Commission by 6.00pm on Election Day.

Completed ballot packages can also be hand delivered to the City of Greater Geraldton Administration Building , Cathedral Avenue, Geraldton, or the Mullewa District Office, cnr Thomas and Padbury Street, Mullewa, during business hours, prior to election day, or hand delivered to the City of Greater Geraldton Administration Building, Cathedral Avenue, Geraldton, on Election Day prior to the 6.00pm close of poll.

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.

View the WAEC website

Resident

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. The Residents roll is maintained by the Western Australian Electoral Commission and enquiries may be made directly to the Commission via telephone on 136 306.

Non-resident owners/ occupiers

Owners and occupiers are not automatically included on a local government’s electoral rolls. 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.

Applications for inclusion on the local government roll as an owner/ occupier are to be made on an Enrolment Eligibility Claim  - Prescribed Form 2.

Enrolment Eligibility Criteria- Non- resident owners/ occupiers

Non-resident owners

Non-resident owners of rateable property in an electorate may enrol to vote, as long as they are on a State or Commonwealth electoral roll for a residence outside the electorate, or meet the eligibility criteria for enrollment. Enrollment is not automatic - an application must be made on Enrolment Eligibility Claim - Prescribed Form 2.

An owner remains on the roll until the property is sold or in the case of owner nominees, either until the property is sold or the corporate body changes its nominees.

Non –resident occupiers

Non –resident occupiers may enrol to vote provided they are on the State or Commonwealth electoral roll for a residence outside the district, or meet the eligibility criteria for enrollment, and 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. Enrolment is not automatic - an application must be made on Enrollment Eligibility Claim - Prescribed Form 2.

Occupiers and occupier nominees remain on the roll for two elections after their enrollment is accepted and then are taken off the roll six months after the second election. They must re-enrol if they wish to continue as electors.

More than two owners or occupiers or body corporate

If property is owned or occupied by two or more people, two of the owners or occupiers may enrol (with the written agreement of a majority of the owners/ occupiers were there are three or more owners/ co-occupiers).

If the owner or occupier is a body corporate, one or two people can be nominated to enrol.

Individuals or corporate bodies may only be represented on the roll in one capacity that is as an owner or an occupier. If both capacities are available to an individual or a body corporate , the owner category would normally be chosen because of the longer term on the roll.

How do I enrol to vote?

Resident

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

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.

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.

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 no later than 50 days prior to the election.

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?

The City of Greater Geraldton currently comprises of 7 wards:

  • Tarcoola Ward

  • Port Ward                 

  • Champion Bay Ward             

  • Hills Ward 

  • Willcock Ward

  • Mullewa Ward

  • Chapman Ward   

From the day of the Ordinary Election on 19 October 2019 the Ward system will be discontinued and the City will have a No -Ward system.( Government Gazette -  9 April 2019 pg 1061)

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?

Voting in Local Government Elections is not compulsory, however it is encouraged that you do participate to have your say on who represents the City of Greater Geraldton.

Where can I vote?

The City of Greater Geraldton election is conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission as a  postal ballot  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 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, and 

 at the Mullewa District office, cnr Thomas and Padbury Street, Mullewa,  from the day ballot papers are issued until five days prior to the election.

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).

When do candidates nominate to stand for election?

The nomination period opens on the 44th day prior to Election Day, and close on the 37th day prior to election,  at 4.00pm.

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 19 October 2019.

I own two properties. Why do I only get one vote?

An individual may only appear once on the City of Greater Geraldton roll , regardless of the number of properties which they own or occupy. Please check above to see if you need to complete an Enrolment Eligibility Claim Form.