Local Government Elections - 16 Oct 2021

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

The 2021 election for the Shire of Gingin will be conducted as a postal election, with a Returning Officer appointed by the WA Electoral Commission.

Four positions will be contested at this election. Sitting Councillors whose terms will end on 16 October 2021 are:

  • Councillor Frank Johnson
  • Councillor Jacqui Lobb
  • Councillor James Morton
  • Councillor Kim Rule

The timetable for the 2021 local government elections is available here.

Information for Electors

If you live in or own rateable property in the Shire of Gingin and meet the relevant eligibility criteria, then you are entitled to vote at Council elections.  However, you must be enrolled on either the Residents Roll or the Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Roll in order to do so. 

In order to vote in the 2021 Shire of Gingin local government elections, you must be enrolled on either the Residents Roll or the Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Roll by 27 August 2021.

Residents Roll

If you are enrolled on the State Electoral Roll and you are listed on that Roll as living at an address within the Shire of Gingin (regardless of whether you own the property or not), then you will be automatically included on the Residents Roll for this Shire.

The Residents Roll is maintained by the WA Electoral Commission. If you are not already on the State electoral roll and you meet the eligibility criteria, or if you have changed address recently, then you must complete an enrolment form which can be downloaded from the WA Electoral Commission website

You can also check your enrolment details by visiting the Commission’s website.

Any enquiries about the Residents Roll should be directed to the WA Electoral Commission - 13 63 06 (WA only) or (08) 9214 0400

Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Roll

The Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Roll is maintained by the Shire of Gingin. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for inclusion on the Residents Roll then you can apply for inclusion on the Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Roll if:

  • You are an owner of or occupy rateable property within the Shire of Gingin but are enrolled on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll at an address outside the Shire; or
  • You are not an Australian citizen (and therefore are not eligible to be on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Rolls), but you appeared on the Shire’s 1996 Electoral Roll and you have owned or occupied rateable property within the Shire continuously since at least March 1996.

Applications for enrolment as a Non-Resident Occupier must be accompanied by a copy of the lease, tenancy agreement or other legal instrument that shows continuous occupation for a least three months from the date of application.

Enrolment Eligibility Claim Form

Joint Owners and Occupiers

Where rateable property is owned or occupied by more than two people, the owners/occupiers may nominate two persons from amongst themselves to be enrolled on the Shire’s Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Roll and to vote on their behalf. The nominees must be enrolled on either the State or Commonwealth electoral roll.

Application to Register a Nominee for Co-Owners or Co-Occupiers

Corporations

A body corporate which owns or occupies rateable property within the Shire of Gingin may nominate two persons to be enrolled on the Shire’s Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Roll and to vote on its behalf. The nominees must be enrolled on either the State or Commonwealth electoral roll. 

Application to Register a Nominee for a Body Corporate

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 inclusion on the Shire of Gingin Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Roll.

Information for Candidates

In order to stand for election as a Council member, you must:

  • be 18 years of age or older;
  • be an elector of the Shire of Gingin;
  • not be nominating as a candidate in another election; and
  • complete the mandatory online induction course.

Candidate Information Sessions

Candidate Information Sessions for the 2021 local government elections have been scheduled as follows:

If insufficient interest is received to justify two Sessions then the Session with the fewest registrations will be cancelled and a consolidated Session will be conducted at the venue with the most registrations.

Potential candidates can register their interest in attending by contacting:

Lee-Anne Burt - Coordinator Governance
E:           Lee-Anne.Burt@gingin.wa.gov.au
T:           (08) 9575 5130

Nominations

Under the Local Government Act 1995, candidates can submit their nominations to the Returning Officer during a seven day window commencing 44 days prior to Election Day. 

In 2021 the nomination period will open on Thursday, 2 September 2021 and close on Thursday, 9 September 2021 at 4pm.

Prior to lodging your nomination with the Returning Officer, the Local Government Act 1995 (s.4.48(1)(d)) requires that you complete a candidate induction. This is must be completed online via the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ website.

Contacting the Returning Officer

The WA Electoral Commission is yet to appoint a Returning Officer for the 2021 Shire of Gingin local government elections. Contact details will be posted on the Shire’s website when they become available.

Further Information

Electors and potential candidates can obtain further information with respect to the local government election process from the following links:

Western Australian Electoral Commission

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

Shire of Gingin Offices

Gingin

7 Brockman Street
Gingin WA 6503

T: (08) 9575 5100

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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