Local Government Elections
The Shire of Carnarvon elections are held every two years on the third Saturday in October, the next to be held in October 2021. The Shire President and Councillors are elected for four year terms, with half of the Councillor’s terms concluding at each biennial election. Elections will be by
postal voting to be conducted by the WA Electoral Commission.
Voting in local government elections is voluntary however all ratepayers are encouraged to support their local representatives and vote to have a say in the way their local Council is run. For further information please visit the WAEC Website.
Enrolment & Voting
All residents in a local government district who are enrolled on the State Electoral Roll automatically enrolled on the corresponding local government roll.
People who own or occupy property within a local government district, can apply to their local government to be included on the roll as an owner/occupier, as long as they are eligible electors.
All eligible electors are allowed to vote once in any district or ward for which they are enrolled. If a person lives within one local district or ward, and owns or occupies property in a different district or ward, they may be entitled to a vote in both areas, provided they are enrolled for those addresses. For more information or to enrol as an owner/occupier, contact the Shire of Carnarvon.
If you are not already on the State Electoral Roll and meet the eligibility criteria, or if you have changed address recently, you must complete an enrolment form.
• Check your enrolment status: www.elections.wa.gov.au/onlineEnrolmentSystem
• Online enrolment: www.aec.gov.au/enrol/
• Hard copy forms: Available from the Shire of Carnarvon, all post offices, all Australian Electoral Commission offices or the Western
Form can be downloaded here: A017-Enrolment-Eligibility-Claim(DOC, 169KB)
Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers
If you are a non-resident owner or occupier of rateable property in the Shire of Carnarvon and are on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll, you are eligible to enrol to vote. If you are not on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll and own or occupy rateable property in the Shire of Carnarvon you may be eligible to enrol to vote.
This applies if you were on the last electoral roll for the Shire of Carnarvon prior to May 1996 and have owned or occupied rateable property in the district continuously since this time. Please contact the Shire for details.
Owners of land who were on the last Local Government roll continue to retain that status until they cease to own the rateable property to which the enrolment relates.
Occupiers do not have continuous enrolment and should contact the Shire of Carnarvon to confirm their enrolment status. To be eligible to enrol as an occupier, you will need to have a right of continuous occupation under a lease, tenancy agreement or other legal instrument for at least the next three months following the date of the application to enrol.
Joint Owners and Occupiers
If a rateable property is owned or occupied by more than two people, a majority of the owners/occupiers may nominate two persons from amongst themselves who are on either the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll, to enrol as owner/occupier electors.
A body corporate that owns or occupies rateable property may nominate two people who are on either the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll to enrol as owner/occupier electors.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Shire of Carnarvon
Telephone: 9441 0000
The Shire of Carnarvon is comprised of a Shire President and seven Councillors elected to serve the whole district.
Local government elections are held every two years on the third Saturday in October. At each biennial election half the Shire of Carnarvon Councillors are elected for terms of four years.
A Shire President election is held every four years. The Shire President was elected in October 2019 for a four year term so there will be another Shire President election in 2023.
The elections are conducted as postal elections and the Western Australian Electoral Commission has been contracted to conduct the Shire of Carnarvon elections. The Commission appoints a Returning Officer who oversees the elections which includes taking candidate nominations during the eight day period and supervising the count on election night.
Election packages are posted to all electors on the roll about three weeks before election day. The packages can be returned by mail or hand delivered and placed in a sealed ballot box at the Shire Administration Office, 3 Francis Street, up until 6pm on election day. The count commences at 6pm that same day and the results are normally available later that evening.
Who is entitled to vote?
The roll for an election consists of:
1. Carnarvon residents roll – this comprises individuals who live in the Shire of Carnarvon electorate and who are enrolled on the State Electoral Roll;
2. Shire of Carnarvon non-resident owners and occupiers roll – this comprises individuals who own (but do not reside in) or occupy rateable property in the Shire and individuals nominated by companies that own or occupy rateable property in the Shire.
Please visit the Western Australian Electoral Commission website for more information.