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 19 October 2019. 

We recently conducted a Ward Boundary and Councillor Representation review which resulted in three wards and 11 councillors. Six councillor positions will be vacant in 2019 and five positions in 2021, with each position having a four-year term. Extraordinary elections are held between ordinary elections when members leave office prior to completion of their term.

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.

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

Frequently asked questions

Is voting at local government elections compulsory?

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

Important dates for 2019 local government elections
DateTimeEvent and Location
25/09/2019 Election packages (postal votes) will start to be sent out by the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) from this date.
  • Counting of the votes by WAEC staff and the Returning Officer at the City of Rockingham Administration Building Reception Room, Level 1.
  • Election results will be declared after the count.

Special Council Meeting held at the City of Rockingham Administration Building Council Chambers to swear in new councillors, elect the Mayor, elect the Deputy Mayor and elect councillors on to committees.


Vacancies for 2019 local government elections

From 19 October 2019 there will be three wards. These are the vacancies at the next election:

Baldivis Ward

Two councillor representatives - four-year term

Comet Bay Ward

One councillor representative - four-year term

Rockingham/Safety Bay Ward

Three councillor representatives - four-year term

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.

How do we receive voting packages?

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

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 (first week in October 2019). 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 (19 October 2019 from 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).

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.

Can I vote for the Mayor directly?

No, the Mayor of the City of Rockingham is currently elected by the Council from among the councillors, rather than being directly elected by the electors.

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 19 October 2019.

Gift disclosures by candidates

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. 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.

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

The votes will be counted from 6pm on election day, Saturday 19 October 2019 at the City of Rockingham Administration Building, Reception Room Level 1. 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?

Vesna Harrison is the Returning Officer for the 2019 local government elections. Contact her on 0467 802 660 or

Does the City have ward boundaries?

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)


From 19 October 2019 there will be three wards:

  • Baldivis Ward (3 councillor representatives)
  • Comet Bay Ward (2 councillor representatives)
  • Rockingham / Safety Bay Ward (6 councillor representatives)
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 in October 2019, 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. For 2019 local government elections, the nomination period opened on 5 September and closed on 12 September 2019 at 4pm.

If you want to nominate, complete the online Nomination Builder at the Western Australian Electoral Commission website, then contact the Returning Officer to make an appointment to lodge your application between 5 September and 12 September 2019. Remember, lodgement closes at 4pm sharp on Thursday 12 September 2019.

This year new laws have been introduced which makes it compulsory for all candidates nominating in a local government election to complete the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) online induction.

You will be asked to declare that you have completed the online induction when filling out your nomination form. It is an offence to make false or misleading statements on the nomination form.

At the end of the induction you will need to fill in your details to register your completion. Please make sure you press the registration button at the end or your completion will not be registered. You should receive an email confirming you have completed the induction. Please keep this for your own records.

The induction should take no longer than one hour to complete. 

Candidate induction

When is close of enrolments for the roll?

Enrolments close on the 50th day prior to election day. Enrolments for the 2019 local government elections closed on 30 August 2019.

2019 candidates for local government elections

Below are the list of candidates who have been accepted by the Returning Officer for the 2019 Local Government Elections for the City of Rockingham.

Nominations opened on 5 September 2019 and close at 4pm on 12 September 2019.

Candidate profiles for Baldivis Ward in ballot orderCandidate profiles for Comet Bay Ward in ballot orderCandidate profiles for Rockingham/Safety Bay Ward in ballot order


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 people who are not enrolled on the State rolls. Please note that if you are unsure of your eligibility status please contact us well in advance of any council election or check your enrolment at the Western Australian Electoral Commission.

2017 election results

Congratulations to the City of Rockingham Councillors who were elected on 21 October 2017.

  • Baldivis Ward - Matthew Whitfield (four-year term - 16 October 2021)
  • Comet Bay Ward - Mark Jones (four-year term - 16 October 2021)
  • Rockingham Ward - Barry Sammels (four-year term - 16 October 2021)
  • Rockingham Ward - Andrew Burns (two- year term - 19 October 2019)
  • Safety Bay Ward - Deborah Hamblin (four-year term - 16 October 2021)
  • Safety Bay Ward - Leigh Liley (four-year term - 16 October 2021)

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

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