Local Government Elections

Ordinary local government elections are held every two years, on the third Saturday in October.

The 2017 election for the Shire of Gingin will be conducted as a postal election, with a Returning Officer appointed by the WA Electoral Commission (WAEC).

Current Councillors whose terms will end on 21 October 2017 are (in alphabetical order): 

  • Councillor Val Ammon
  • Councillor Michael Aspinall
  • Councillor David Roe (Shire President)
  • Councillor Sandra Smiles

Are You Eligible to Vote?

If you are an owner or occupier of rateable property within the Shire of Gingin and meet the relevant eligibility criteria, then you are entitled to enrol to vote at Council elections.

If you are enrolled on the State electoral roll and you are listed as living at an address within the Shire of Gingin, then you will be automatically included on the local government electoral roll for this Shire.

However, if you are an owner or occupier of property within the Shire of Gingin but are enrolled on the State roll at an address outside the Shire, or are not currently listed on any electoral roll but meet the eligibility criteria, then you must apply for inclusion on the Shire’s Owners and Occupiers Roll.

You can check your enrolment details using the WAEC’s Online Enrolment Check.

Please contact the Shire’s Rates Department on (08) 9575 5100 or by emailing rates@gingin.wa.gov.au for further advice on applying for registration as an Owner or Occupier.

Nominating as a Candidate

Nominations for the 2017 local government elections will open on Thursday, 7 September 2017 and close on Thursday, 14 September 2017 at 4.00pm.

Anyone enrolled as a resident or as a non-resident owner or occupier (apart from the nominee of a body corporate) of rateable property within the Shire of Gingin is eligible to nominate as a candidate.

All nominations will need to be lodged with the WAEC-appointed Returning Officer.

Further information on standing for Council can be obtained from the WAEC and the Department of Local Government and Communities.

Candidate Information Forums

An invitation is extended to anyone interested in learning more about standing as a candidate in the 2017 Shire of Gingin local government elections to attend one of the following Candidate Information Forums: 

  • Tuesday, 5 September 2017 at the Shire’s Administration Centre, 7 Brockman Street, Gingin; and
  • Wednesday, 6 September 2017 at the Shire’s Lancelin Office, Vins Way, Lancelin.

Both sessions will commence at 6.00pm and will be attended by representatives from the WAEC and the Shire of Gingin.

Contacting the Returning Officer

The WAEC has advised that details of Returning Officers for the 2017 local government elections will be provided after 28 August.  We will make this information available on the Shire’s website as soon as it is available.

Disclosure of Electoral Gifts

Candidates in local government elections must be aware of their legislative obligations in relation to the disclosure of gifts leading up to the local government elections. Part 5A of the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997 requires both candidates and donors to make disclosure in regard to gifts given to candidates during the specified disclosure period (the six month period before Election Day, commencing 21 April 2017).

What is an Electoral Gift?

A “gift” means a disposition of property, or the conferral of any financial benefit, made by one person in favour of another. It can include a gift of money, a gift which is non-monetary but of value, a gift in kind or where there is inadequate financial consideration such as the receipt of a discount (where the difference or the discount is worth more than $200). 

A “gift” could also include a financial or other contribution to travel, the provision of a service for no consideration or for inadequate consideration, and a firm promise or agreement to give a gift at some future time.  A “gift” does not include a gift by will, a gift from a relative, a gift that does not relate to the candidate’s candidature, or the provision of volunteer labour.

When do Electoral Gifts Need to be Disclosed?

The prescribed disclosure period for electoral gifts begins six months before Election Day and ends three days after Election Day (for unsuccessful candidates) and on the start day for financial interest returns for successful candidates.

Within three days of nomination, any candidate in the 2017 local government election must disclose any gifts fitting the definition of “electoral gifts” that have been received since 21 April 2017, and any further gifts received after nomination must be disclosed within three days of acceptance. 

Who is Required to Make an Electoral Gift Disclosure?

Both the candidate and the gift giver must make a separate disclosure. Candidates have an obligation to ensure that the giver of any electoral gift accepted by them is aware of disclosure requirements.

How are Disclosures Made?

Electoral gifts must be disclosed using the prescribed form and submitted to the Chief Executive Officer of the Shire of Gingin.

The Chief Executive Officer is required to maintain a register of electoral gifts, which must be available for public scrutiny.

Further Information on Gift Disclosures

Detailed information on gift disclosure requirements for local government candidates is available from the WAEC publication A Guide for Candidates - Local Government Postal Elections.

Shire of Gingin Offices

Gingin

7 Brockman Street
Gingin WA 6503

T: (08) 9575 2211

F: (08) 9575 2121

E: mail@gingin.wa.gov.au

Lancelin

255 Vins Way
Lancelin WA 6044

T: (08) 9575 5155

F: (08) 9575 2121

E: mail@gingin.wa.gov.au

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