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About Local Government Elections

The City of Rockingham Ordinary Local Government elections are held every two years, on the third Saturday in October. The next local government election will be held on 21 October 2017. Fifty per cent of the 10 elected member positions become vacant at each ordinary election with nominations being called for an ensuing four-year term. Extraordinary elections are held between ordinary elections where members leave office prior to completion of their term.

Changes were made to councillor and ward representation for the 2013 Local Government Elections to create 2 councillor positions for Baldivis Ward, 2 councillor positions for Comet Bay Ward, 3 councillor positions for Rockingham Ward and 3 councillor positions for Safety Bay Ward.

Elections are conducted by postal voting by the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) with all eligible electors being sent voting papers for their respective ward for completion and return by prepaid post.

The ‘first past the post’ system is used for local government elections, in which electors indicate the candidate, or candidates, of their choice by placing a tick in the box opposite the names of the chosen persons, up to the number of vacancies to be filled, with candidates being elected in order of the number of votes they receive.

Details of past and forthcoming elections at the City may be found at the website of the Western Australian Electoral Commission.

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2017 Local Government Elections

Vacancies for 2017 Local Government Elections – City of Rockingham

  • Baldivis Ward                      ( 1 vacancy - 4 year term)
  • Comet Bay Ward                 ( 1 vacancy - 4 year term)
  • Rockingham Ward              ( 2 vacancies - *2 year term and 4 year term)
  • Safety Bay Ward                  ( 2 vacancies - 4 year terms)

*Vacancy due to the resignation of Cr Kelly McManus in March 2017. An extraordinary election is not being held as the Western Australian Electoral Commission has approved for the vacancy to remain and be filled at the Ordinary Local Government Elections on 21 October 2017.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Local Government Elections

Does the City of Rockingham have electoral wards?
Yes, the City of Rockingham comprises four wards:

  • Baldivis Ward                       ( 2 councillor representatives )
  • Comet Bay Ward                 ( 2 councillor representatives )
  • Rockingham Ward               ( 3 councillor representatives )
  • Safety Bay Ward                  ( 3 councillor representatives )

Can I vote for the Mayor?
No, the Mayor of the City of Rockingham is currently elected by the Council from amongst the Councillors, rather than being directly elected by the electors.

Can I vote in local government elections for the City of Rockingham?
Yes, as long as you are enrolled on the State electoral roll for a residence in the City of Rockingham, or are on the City of Rockingham Owner and Occupiers Roll. More information is available in the enrolment section below.

Is voting at local government elections compulsory?
No they are not.

Do all councils have postal elections?
No, although most councils in the metro area conduct postal elections, but many rural local governments still use the in person voting method.

Where can I vote?
The City of Rockingham conducts its election by postal voting in conjunction with the Western Australian Electoral Commission (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 Rockingham Administration Building, Civic Boulevard, Rockingham.

When do candidates nominate to stand for election?
The nomination period opens on the 44th day (7 September 2017) prior to election day and close at 4pm on the 37th day (14 September 2017) prior to election.

Who is the Returning Officer?
The WAEC will be appointing Returning Officer for the City of Rockingham closer to the 21 October 2017 Local Government Elections.

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.

When is the close of enrolments for the 2017 Local Government Elections?
Enrolments close on the 50th day (1 September 2017) prior to election day.

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Results for 2015 Local Government Elections

Congratulations to the City of Rockingham Councillors who were elected on 17 October 2015.

For more information and to see more detailed results visit the Western Australian Electoral Commission.

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Enrolment

If you are an owner or occupier of rateable property within the City of Rockingham, and meet the eligibility criteria, you are entitled to be enrolled to vote at Council elections. If you are enrolled on the State electoral roll as living at the relevant address in Rockingham then you are automatically included on the local government roll.

If you are not on the State electoral roll and meet the eligibility criteria. Please visit the Enrolment page of the Western Australian Electoral Commission to enrol online or to download an enrolment form.

However, if you are an owner or occupier of a Rockingham property and you are enrolled on the State roll as living outside the district, or if you are not on any other roll but meet the eligibility criteria, enrolment is no longer automatic so you must apply to be placed on the local roll by lodging an enrolment form at the City of Rockingham Administration Centre.

There are several provisions which relate to occupiers of property and to persons who are not enrolled on the State rolls. Please note that if you are unsure of your eligibility status please contact City Administration well in advance of any council election or check your enrolment at the Western Australian Electoral Commission website.

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