Nominating for Council

Becoming a Council Member at the City of Vincent provides an opportunity to be part of the decision-making process and work together with the City to create and implement the community’s vision.

If you are an eligible elector and want to make a difference in your community and have a say in local decision-making, then you should consider becoming a candidate.

Election

To nominate as a Council Member, you must:

  • Be on the electoral roll as a resident or personal non-resident owner or occupier of a rateable property in the City of Vincent; and
  • Be over 18 years of age and not disqualified from being an Elected Member under the Local Government Act.

To check your eligibility to nominate in the council election, please refer to the Local Government Candidates page on the Western Australian Electoral Commission website.

Nominations are to be made in person with the City’s Returning Officer, who is responsible for the local government elections once the nomination period opens. The WAEC and the City will provide the Returning Officer’s contact details in late August.  The nomination form is available here - LG08 - Nomination for Election by Candidate (Councillor and Mayor)

It is now compulsory for all candidates in local government elections to complete an online induction prior to nominating. The online induction is designed to make candidates aware of their obligations and commitments as an Elected Member.

The online induction is on the DLGSC website - www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au

Nomination Process

Nominations open Thursday 5 September.

Nominations close at 4pm Thursday 12 September. 

Nominations must be lodged with the City’s Returning Officer  - Jennifer van den Hoek, mobile - 0401 678 980

To nominate you must lodge with the Returning officer during the nomination period:

  • a completed nomination in the prescribed form, signed and witnessed. (This form is available from the Returning Officer, the Western Australian Electoral Commission or the City of Vincent - LG08 - Nomination for Election by Candidate (Councillor and Mayor)
  • a single A4 page profile containing not more than 150 words of information about the candidate;
  • a nomination deposit of $80 (cash, bank cheque or postal order); and
  • a recent passport-sized photograph (optional).

The WAEC has developed an online system called Nomination Builder to assist candidates to complete their nomination form which includes the candidate profile. This is the preferred method of completing the nomination form and profile for elections conducted by the WAEC. Candidates complete their nomination details and profile, print the completed form which has a reference number allocated and lodge it with the Returning Officer. The nomination builder can be accessed at elections.wa.gov.au 

Where an agent lodges a nomination on a candidate’s behalf, it must be in the prescribed form with a written authorisation signed by the candidate.

The documents may be hand delivered, posted or faxed to the Returning Officer and must be received by the close of nominations.

More information on nominating

Full details about eligibility and nomination procedures for prospective candidates can be obtained by contacting the Returning Officer on 0401 678 980 or the Western Australian Electoral Commission on 13 63 06. 

Vacancies

In 2019, there are vacancies for the positions of:

  • Office of the Mayor - 1 x vacancy
  • North Ward Councillor – 2 x vacancies
  • South Ward Councillor – 2 x vacancies

Candidate Information Session

To enable prospective candidates to gain more information on becoming an Elected Member, and how to stand for Council, the City will be holding a candidate information session on Tuesday 3 September 2019, at 6 – 8pm at the City of Vincent Administration Building, 244 Vincent Street, Leederville.

For more information on the candidate information session, or on becoming an Elected Member, please contact the City’s Governance Team on 9273 6000.

Webinar for Prospective Elected Members

The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) will be holding a free Webinar for prospective candidates. The webinar focuses on the following key areas:

  • Parliament’s role in creating legislation for local government;
  • How to read the Local Government Act 1995 and Regulations;
  • Who does what at a local government;
  • Elected Member’s personal responsibilities; and
  • Consequences of improper conduct.

The webinar will be presented by officers from WALGA and you will have the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A Session at the end of the presentation.

This webinar will be recorded and made available to the public within a few days of the event.

The webinar will be broadcast on Thursday, 15 August 2019, 5.00pm – 6.00pm (including presentation and Q&A session)

To register for this free webinar please click here.

Council Members - Allowances, Fees and Reimbursement of Expenses 

Policy 4.2.7 clearly outlines the financial support that will be provided to Council Members.

Council Member sitting fees and allowances for the 2019/20 financial year can be located here.

Related Information

LG08 - Nomination for Election by Candidate (Councillor and Mayor)