How to Become a Council Member

Councillors play a vital leadership role, working together to create and implement the community's vision, strategic direction and values. Councillor's are the decision makers on funding, policies and projects for Cottesloe.

There will be four positions available for the October 2025 Local Government Ordinary Election.

The State Government passed legislation in 2023 which removed the Ward system for the Town of Cottesloe. This means that those elected will represent the entire district of Cottesloe. 

If you would like to make a difference in your local community and participate to local decision making, then consider becoming a candidate for the Cottesloe election on Saturday 18 October 2025.

Information for Candidates

Nominations for the 2025 Local Government Election opened approximately 8 weeks prior to the election.

Visit the Australian Electoral Commission website for details on eligibility, how to nominate and the applicable form. Additional information is also available via the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website. 

Australian Electoral Commission website

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

Disclosure of Electoral Gifts

Candidates have a duty of disclosure of electoral donations. Candidates and donors are required to disclose any electoral related gifts promised or received within the six months prior to polling day.

More information on Electoral Gifts

Election Signage

An election sign is one encouraging a person to either vote or vote for a particular candidate in an election.

The West Australian Electoral Commission sets out the authorisation requirements of electoral materials on their website. 

An Election Sign Licence must be obtained from the Town of Cottesloe prior to erecting any signs in the district. The signs must be displayed in accordance with the relevant Local Law.

The Main Roads website also specifies the requirements for temporary event signs in road reserves under their ownership. 

More information on Election Signage

Code of Conduct

Candidates must abide by the Town's current Code of Conduct. 

Council Members, Committee Members and Candidates Code of Conduct

Useful Links and Forms

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

Western Australian Electoral Commission Forms and Guides

Local Government Elections - Form 2 - Enrolment Eligibility Claim