The next local government ordinary elections will be held on 16 October 2021.

Local Government Elections

Local government ordinary elections are held on the third Saturday in October every two years. 

Councillors are elected for terms of four years in Western Australia. 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.

The Town of Cottesloe has generally appointed the Western Australian Electoral Commission as the Returning Officer to conduct a postal election for the Town. By making the Electoral Commissioner responsible for these elections, the local governments concerned ensure that elections are conducted independently and with impartiality.

For local government elections, rolls close at 5.00pm, 50 days prior to polling day. All electors should check their enrolment details are up to date before rolls close.

If the number of candidates is equal to the number of vacancies, the candidate is elected unopposed. If there are more candidates than vacancies, the election will proceed.

For postal elections, all eligible electors will receive a postal voting package around three weeks prior to polling day. The package will include a list of candidates, ballot papers, instructions on how to vote and a declaration. To vote, follow the instructions included in the package.

The Returning Officer must receive your postal voting package before 6.00pm on polling day. If you do not think that your postal voting package can be returned by post in time, you can deliver it by hand to a polling official.

While voting in a local government election is not compulsory in Western Australia, all electors are strongly encouraged to vote.

Related Documents

Ward Boundaries Map

Council Members, Committee Members and Candidates Code of Conduct 2021

Election Signage

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

Town of Cottesloe Requirements

An Application for Sign Licence must be submitted and an Electoral Sign Licence obtained prior to erecting any signs. The $10 fee will be waived for one sign per property with any subsequent signs incurring a fee of $10 per sign. Completed Application for Sign Licence forms can be sent to the Town of Cottesloe by post to PO Box 606, Cottesloe, 6911 or email to council@cottesloe.wa.gov.au.

Election signage must be in accordance with the Activities on Throroughfares and Trading in Thoroughfares and Public Places Local Law. Restrictions include (but are not limited to:)

  • Signs no bigger than 0.75 square metres can be erected on private property once a Sign Licence has been obtained.
  • Election signs can not be erected on a private property more than 28 days before the election and must be removed within seven days of the election.
  • It is prohibited to erect election signs in a thoroughfare, road reserve or other public property.
  • It is prohibited to erect signs in places that cause sight obstructions.
  • It is prohibited to erect signs on power poles, trees, shrubs or plants.

Please note, separate Building and Planning approvals are not required for Election signs. 

Western Australian Electoral Commission Requirements

For further information regarding candidate signs, please contact the Western Australian Electoral Commission Returning Officer. Electoral Laws require certain information to be included on electoral advertising signs and also prohibits some content such as defamatory material.

Lisa Wilkinson - 0467 805 084

Main Roads Requirements

With regard to road reserves, Main Roads has its own requirements – refer to the Main Roads Policy - Policy and Application Guidelines for Advertising Signs Within and Beyond State Road Reserves. Please note the following requirements:

Temporary event signs (which includes election signage) shall not be located:

  • on traffic islands, including roundabouts
  • on median strips
  • on road verges with a road speed limit greater than 90 km/h
  • where they are at risk of causing an obstruction to the passage or sightlines of drivers, bicyclists or pedestrians travelling along or crossing roads or driveways
  • within 100 m of a roadworks site

Temporary event signs shall not be attached to:

  • existing signs, including other advertising signs
  • any road-related infrastructure such as traffic sign supports, overhead bridges, bus shelters, lighting/power poles, etc, or trees

If attached to any infrastructure that encroaches over the road reserve or if suspended from ropes, wires, etc from any building or other infrastructure, written agreement must be obtained from the owner of the building or infrastructure.