How To Become A Councillor

Councillors play a vital leadership role, working together to create and implement the community's vision, strategic direction and values. If you want to make a difference in your local community and have a say in local decision making, then consider becoming a candidate for the upcoming Cottesloe election on Saturday 16 October 2021.

The positions of Cottesloe Mayor, Central Ward Councillor, East Ward Councillor, North Ward Councillor and South Ward Councillor are up for election.

District 1 Mayor 4 Year Term
Central Ward 1 Councillor 4 Year Term
East Ward 1 Councillor 4 Year Term
North Ward 1 Councillor 4 Year Term
South Ward 1 Councillor 4 Year Term

Nominations Open: Thursday, 2 September 2021

Nominations Close:  Thursday, 9 September 2021 at 4:00pm

Nominations must be lodged with the Returning Officer:

  • at any time during the above period by arrangement; or

  • between 2:00pm and 4:00pm Thursday, 9 September 2021 (close of nominations) at the Town of Cottesloe, 109 Broome Street, Cottesloe.

Nominations Requirements

Candidates are required to lodge with the Returning Officer:

  • a completed nomination in the prescribed form, signed and witnessed. This form is available from the Returning Officer or the Western Australian Electoral Commission (www.;

  • a single A4 page profile of not more than 800 characters (including spaces) containing information about the candidate;

  • a nomination deposit of $80 (cash, bank cheque, or postal order);

  • (optional) a recent passport-sized photograph of the candidate's head, or head and shoulders; and

  • every candidate must have completed the online course titled 'Induction for prospective candidates'available at, prior to nominating.

The Commission has developed an online system called Nomination Builder to assist candidates to complete their nomination form which includes the candidate profile. This is the preferred method of completing the nomination form and profile for elections conducted by the Commission. Candidates complete their nomination details and profile, print the completed form which has a reference number allocated and lodge it with the Returning Officer. The nomination builder can be accessed via

Where an agent lodges a nomination on a candidate's behalf, it must be in the prescribed form with a written authorisation signed by the candidate.

The documents may be hand delivered or posted to the Returning Officer and must be received by the close of nominations.


Full details about eligibility and nomination procedures for prospective candidates can be obtained by contacting the Returning Officer, Lisa Wilkinson on 0458 812 009 or the Western Australian Electoral Commission on 13 63 06.

Useful Links and Forms

Election Candidate Webinar Recording - Candidates Information Briefing (18 August 2021)

Department fo Local Government - Nominating to be a council member

Western Australian Electoral Commission Forms and Guides

Disclosure of Electoral Gifts

Election Signage Requirements