Find out about local government elections, voting and how to nominate as a candidate.

About Local Government elections

Local government ordinary elections are held on the third Saturday in October every two years. The next state-wide ordinary elections are scheduled for Saturday 21 October 2023.

Councillors are elected for a terms of four years. 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.

Find out about our Current Councillors.

How to vote

In Western Australia, voting in Local Government elections is not compulsory, however all those eligible are strongly encouraged to vote.

There are two ways to vote - by post or in person. All voters will be posted a voting package which includes the ballot papers and voting instructions. If you don't complete a postal vote, you may vote in person on the election day.

How to enrol/check your enrolment details

Visit the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) website to:

Note, if you have registered with the WAEC for a property you occupy in the Shire, you are automatically entitled to vote in the Local Government elections. A voting package will be posted to you. 

Non-resident owners or occupiers of rateable property within the Shire are also entitled to vote. Please complete and submit the form below:

How to nominate as a candidate

Eligible voters who wish to run as a candidate for Council at their local government election must nominate and be registered as a voter in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

Find out how to become a Councillor.

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