Becoming a Councillor

Councils provide many services, programs and infrastructure for communities. The decisions about these and supporting policies are made by an elected group of councillors.

Becoming a councillor presents the opportunity to influence local directions and create long-term, positive outcomes within your community.

Being a councillor is a rewarding challenge — one which requires commitment, responsibility and accountability.

Many people in our local communities can provide strong and strategic leadership. Local government can perform at its peak and make informed decisions when communities are represented by a diverse group of leaders. Diversity comes in many forms including backgrounds, experiences, culture, age and gender.

If you want to be involved in the future of your community, and are willing to learn and participate, then you should explore what it takes to be a councillor and nominate for local government elections.


If you are interested in becoming a Councillor, please familiarise yourself with - 

  1. Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSCI) - Local government elections
  2. Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) - Candidate Information Briefing (18 August 2021) and Prospective Elected Members Webinar (15 August 2019)

  3. Western Australia Electoral Commission (WAEC) - Local Government Elections (Information for Candidates and Electors) which includes eligibility and nomination instructions

  4. The Shire of Augusta Margaret River's Code of Conduct for Councillors, Committee Members and Candidates


The Shire hosted an information session for potential candidates on Tuesday, 24 August 2021 at 5.30pm in Margaret River Council Chambers.

Council meetings are open to the public and we encourage prospective councillors to attend a meeting. The meeting dates are here

Prior to nominating, candidates must complete the Candidate Induction

Nominations are open between Thursday, 2 September and Thursday, 9 September 2021 at 4.00pm.  

Elected members are provided with a comprehensive induction in the week following the election and will be enrolled in training. 

Potential candidates are welcome to contact the Chief Executive Officer for a confidential conversation by phoning 9780 5200 or alternatively you can contact Your Councillors

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Postal Address

PO Box 61
Margaret River WA 6285

Margaret River

41 Wallcliffe Road
Monday to Friday
Ph 08 9780 5255
Fax 08 9757 2512


66 Allnut Terrace
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9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
Ph 08 9780 5255


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