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Voting and elections

City of Rockingham

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 16 October 2021.

Council resolved at its 22 September 2020 Council Meeting to change the method of electing the Mayor. This will introduce an ‘elector Mayor’, which will replace the current system whereby Councillors elect the Mayor among themselves. This change means the community will be able to vote directly on who should fill the office of Mayor at the next local government elections.

Under the ‘elector Mayor’ system, the term of office for the Mayor will change from two to four years. However, while the method of electing the Mayor and the length of the term the Mayor can serve will change, the legislative requirements of the role will remain the same. 

The Mayor is required to preside at meetings in accordance with the Local Government Act, provide leadership and guidance to the community, carry out civic and ceremonial duties, speak on behalf of the City, perform any functions as required by the Act or other written law, and to liaise with the CEO on the City’s affairs and the performance of its functions. 

Elections are conducted via 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.

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

2021 Candidates and Local Government Election Information

The Returning Officer for the 2021 Local Government Elections is Vesna Harrison. Nominations have now closed.

Contact details: 0437 912 320 or LGro_roc@elections.wa.gov.au.

Please remember candidates that this year the City of Rockingham Code of Conduct for Council Members, Committee Members and Candidates will apply to you.

Below is a list of the candidates in the order that they will appear on the ballot. The names and profiles can also be accessed on the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) website.

Electors in the City of Rockingham who are on the electoral roll with their correct address will receive a voting package from the WAEC in the mail later this month. Residents who have not received a package by the week ending 24 September 2021 are encouraged to contact the City. 

Replacement packages can be obtained from the City of Rockingham, Civic Boulevard Rockingham during business hours prior to election day if the package is not received or should any papers be missing.

Post your vote early. Completed postal voting packages must reach the Returning Officer by 6pm on election day, Saturday 16 October 2021.

You may hand deliver your package and place in the ballot box at he City of Rockingham, Civic Boulevard Rockingham during business hours before election day.

The counting of the votes will be held at Gary Holland Community Centre, 19 Kent Street, Rockingham at 6pm on 16 October 2021. The public is welcome to attend and watch the votes being counted. 

Candidate Information Session

The City held its Candidate Information Session on Wednesday, 18 August 2021. 

For those unable to attend you can download the presentations for your information.

At the Information Session there was a screening of the WALGA webinar - Candidates Information Briefing. Visit the WALGA website to view the recording and view the questions and answers during the webinar. 

For more information contact Governance and Councillor Support on 9528 0333

Frequently asked questions

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. Rolls have now closed for 2021 Local Government Elections.

Does the City have ward boundaries?

The City has three wards:

  • Baldivis Ward (3 councillor representatives)
  • Comet Bay Ward (2 councillor representatives)
  • Rockingham / Safety Bay Ward (6 councillor representatives)
Is voting at local government elections compulsory?

No it is not. It is important to vote and make your voice heard. 

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 election will be held on 16 October 2021.

Can I vote for the Mayor directly?

Yes, the community will be able to vote directly on who should fill the office of Mayor at the next local government elections on 16 October 2021.

Where can I vote?

The City of Rockingham conducts its election by postal voting.

A voting package which consists of the ballot paper and candidate profiles is posted to each elector over 20 days prior to election day (approximately from 24 September 2021). This allows plenty of time to vote and return the completed ballot paper in the envelope provided.

The polling place (City of Rockingham Administration Building) is open on election day (8am to 6pm) so that electors may return completed ballot papers in person (e.g. if the elector forgot to post their completed ballot papers in time). Electors can also come in to get replacement packages if they did not receive their package, it got lost or was damaged (e.g. snails). To receive a replacement package you must fill in a form to ensure that you only vote once in each election. 

A ballot box will be at the City of Rockingham Administration Building from the day ballot papers are sent out until 6pm on election day.

How do we receive voting packages?

As the City of Rockingham conducts postal elections, voting packages will be sent to your postal address.

When and where is the vote count for the local government elections?

The votes will be counted from 6pm on election day, Saturday 16 October 2021 at the Gary Holland Community Centre. The public is welcome to watch the votes being counted. 

What is the system for counting votes?

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 people, up to the number of vacancies to be filled, with candidates being elected in order of the number of votes they receive.

Who is the Returning Officer?

The Returning Officer for the 2021 Local Government Elections is Vesna Harrison. 

Contact details: 0437 912 320 or LGro_roc@elections.wa.gov.au.

Gift disclosures by candidates and donors

Candidates have a duty of disclosure of electoral donations. Candidates and donors are required to disclose any electoral-related gifts promised or received within the six months prior to polling day.

Part 5A of the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997 - Dislcosure of Gifts:

Both candidates and donors to disclose information about any electoral related gift with a value of $200 or more that was given or promised during the disclosure period (being six months before Election Day).

Electoral gifts

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 financial or other contribution to travel
  • the provision of a service for no consideration or for inadequate consideration
  • a firm promise or agreement to give a gift at some future time.

It is important to note that a gift could be one or more gifts from the same donor that's combined value is $200 or more.

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.

Disclosure of electoral gifts

Both candidates and donors are required to disclose information about any electoral related gift with a value of $200 or more that is given or promised within the disclosure period. It is essential that candidates be aware of this legislative requirement and should advise donors of their reporting responsibilities.

Disclosure period

Within three days of nomination, any candidate in a local government election is required to disclose any gifts received within the disclosure period prior to nomination. The disclosure period commences six months prior to Election Day. Any gift received after nomination is required to be disclosed within three days of acceptance of the gift. Penalties apply ($5,000).

The disclosure period finishes three days after Election Day for unsuccessful candidates and on the start day for financial interest returns for successful candidates.

How a disclosure is made

All disclosures are to be made on a LG09A Disclosure of Gifts form and delivered to the Chief Executive Officer within three days of receiving the gift, once your candidate nomination has been made to the Returning Officer.

Donors will also need to disclose any gifts made within the relevant period. Information to be supplied includes the name of the candidate, the name and address of the donor, the date the gift was promised or received, the value of the gift and a description of the gift.

The Chief Executive Officer is required to establish and maintain a public electoral gift register located on the City's website. Disclosures will be removed three days after Election Day for unsuccessful candidates and at the completion of the term of office for successful candidates.

 

Contact our Governance and Councillor Support team for any further information on 9528 0333.

Sign Requirements - Local Government Elections

Read the information sheet below regarding City of Rockingham Sign Requirements for Local Government Elections.

Use of City of Rockingham logos

Candidates must not use the following:

  • City of Rockingham logos or crests
  • Photos from the City's website or social media platforms.

Candidates may share City of Rockingham information with direct links from the City's website or share posts from the City's official social media accounts. 

Candidates and Code of Conduct

Please remember candidates that this year the City of Rockingham Code of Conduct for Council Members, Committee Members and Candidates will apply to you.

Why do people stand for Council?

There are many reasons why people stand for Council. Most councillors say the sense of satisfaction gained from serving the community is the biggest reward for joining Council.  

Some of the benefits gained include:

  • increased knowledge of the operations of the City
  • improved self-esteem
  • confidence in public speaking
  • the chance to meet new people and become involved in activities in the community which may not have been possible otherwise.

Of all the levels of government, local government is particularly rewarding as councillors see first-hand the changes occurring within our community – changes they have played a role in making. Being a councillor can change your perspective about the diversity of our community and the different needs of each group.

If you are considering standing for Council at the next election, further information can be obtained from the Western Australian Electoral Commission or the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

When can candidates nominate to stand for election?

The nomination period opens on the 44th day prior to election day and closes at 4pm on the 37th day prior to election. 

This year nominations opened on Thursday 2 September 2021 and closed at 4pm sharp on Thursday 9 September 2021. 

 

When is close of enrolments for the roll?

Enrolments close on the 50th day prior to election day (16 October 2021). This year enrolments closed at 5pm on 27 August 2021.

Enrolment

Rolls for 2021 Local Government Elections closed at 5pm on Friday 27 August 2021. 

City of Rockingham resident

City of Rockingham residents enrolled on the State electoral roll, make your vote count and check your enrolment details are up to date at Check Your 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 not on the State electoral roll and you are 18 years or older, an Australian citizen and lived at your current address for at least one month, please visit the enrolment page of the Western Australian Electoral Commission to enrol online or to download an enrolment form.

City of Rockingham non-resident

If you don't live in the City of Rockingham but:

  • own a rateable property 
  • own or operate a business in the City (right of continuous occupation under a lease, tenancy agreement or other legal instrument for at least the next three months following the date of application) 
  • 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 Owner and Occupiers roll by lodging an Enrolment Eligibility Claim Form 2  which can be downloaded below and lodged at the City of Rockingham Administration Centre or via mail City of Rockingham, PO Box 2142, Rockingham DC WA 6967.

2019 election results

Congratulations to the following candidates who were successful:

  • Sally Davies - Baldivis Ward (Term October 2019 to October 2023)
  • Hayley Edwards - Baldivis Ward (Term October 2019 to October 2023)
  • Lorna Buchan - Comet Bay Ward (Term October 2019 to October 2023)
  • Craig Buchanan - Rockingham/Safety Bay Ward (Term October 2019 to October 2023)
  • Rae Cottam - Rockingham/Safety Bay Ward (Term October 2019 to October 2023)
  • Joy Stewart - Rockingham/Safety Bay Ward (Term October 2019 to October 2023)

The official election results from the Returning Officer are below or from the Western Australian Electoral Commission

Mayor Barry Sammels and Deputy Mayor Deborah Hamblin were elected by Councillors to be Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the next two years. 

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