ELECTIONS 

The Shire of Carnarvon elections is held every two years on the third Saturday in October, the next to be held on 16 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 is 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

Residents 

All residents in a local government district who are enrolled on the State Electoral Roll are 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 in 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. 

Enrolment Forms 

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 

The form can be downloaded here: A017-Enrolment-Eligibility-Claim(DOC, 169KB) 

Non-Resident Owner & 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 instruments for at least the next three months following the date of the application to enrol. 

Joint Owners & 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. 

Corporations

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. 

Election FAQ's 

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. Residents should direct enquiries about the Carnarvon residents roll to the Western Australian Electoral Commission on 13 63 06. 
  1. 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 of individuals nominated by companies that own or occupy rateable property in the Shire. Non-resident owners and occupiers should contact the Shire on 9941 0000 with any enquiries about the Shire’s non-resident owner and occupier roll. 

What is the voting entitlement per person or property? 

A person may have his or her name on the roll only once regardless of the number of properties owned or occupied. A company may have a maximum of two people on the roll as nominees of that company regardless of the number of properties owned or occupied. “Occupation” means having a right under a lease, tenancy agreement or other legal instruments, to be in continuous occupation of a definable piece of rateable property for at least the next three months after the date of application. 

Where do I get an electoral form to apply for the non-resident owner and occupier role? 

Enrolment forms may be downloaded below: 

A017 – Enrolment Eligibility Claim 

Alternatively, forms can be obtained by: 
• Email a request to shire@carnarvon.wa.gov.au 
• Phone (08) 9941 0000 

Who conducts the election?  

The election will be conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) as a postal election. Packages containing information on the candidates, instructions on how to vote, the ballot paper, and the return envelopes will be posted to electors about three weeks before Election Day. 

Is voting compulsory?

No, voting in local government elections is not compulsory in Western Australia. 

Is early or absent voting available?  

No. Early or absent voting is not available for postal elections. If you are going to be away at the time of the election you need to get someone to forward your papers to you. 

What if I do not receive a postal voting package?  

A replacement package can be issued if yours has been lost or destroyed. You should contact the Shire of Carnarvon on 9941 0000.