Council Elections

2021 Local Government Elections

Local government elections will be held in October this year for all local governments in Western Australia.  In Collie there will be five vacancies due to the expiry of the term of five current Councillors.  The election will be conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) as a postal election. Your vote matters so now is the time to check that you are correctly enrolled.  You may also consider nominating as a candidate for election to the Shire of Collie Council when nominations open in September.     

Key dates on the WAEC timetable for 2021 Local Government postal elections are:

Roll close                                          Friday, 27 August 2021
Nominations Open                          Thursday, 2 September 2021
Nominations Close                          4pm Thursday, 9 September 2021
Election Day                                          Saturday, 16 October 2021

To be eligible to vote you must be a resident enrolled on the State electoral roll, or be on the Owners and Occupiers roll.

To be eligible as an Owner and/or Occupier you must be a person who:

  • owns or occupies rateable property within the electorate; and
  • has provided information to evidence eligibility.

An Owners & Occupiers Roll Enrolment Eligibility Claim Form is available here, or can be collected from the Shire office at 87 Throssell Street, Collie.
For further information please go to the WAEC website

Local government ordinary elections are held on the third Saturday in October every two years.

Councillors are elected for terms of four years in Western Australia. Elections are held every two years for half of the council, and candidates are elected using the first-past-the-post voting system. If a vacancy occurs within a term, an extraordinary election is held.

Electors who wish to nominate as a candidate in a local government election must complete a valid nomination application and present it to the Returning Officer before nominations close. Nominations for a local government election open 44 days before polling day and close at 4.00 pm, 37 days before polling day.

Further information about elections is available from the WA Electoral Commission.