Local government ordinary elections are held on the third Saturday in October every two years. The next state-wide ordinary elections are scheduled for Saturday 21 October 2023.

Councillors are elected for a terms of four years. 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.

Who can vote?

In order to vote in council elections, you must be enrolled on either the State electoral roll (Residents Roll) or the Shire of Mundaring Owners and Occupiers Roll.

All local residents and business owners/occupiers are encouraged to enrol to vote in local government elections. 

To qualify each owner or occupier must:

  • Be enrolled on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll;
  • Own or occupy rateable property in the electorate;
  • Have been on the last electoral roll prepared under the Local Government Act 1960 for that electorate; and,
  • Have owned or occupied rateable property in the electorate since that roll was prepared.

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

How do I enrol?

All residents registered on the state electoral roll for an address within the Shire of Mundaring will be automatically registered for Local Government Elections.You can check your enrolment through the West Australian Electoral Commission.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 as detailed below.

Enrolment as a resident

To enrol to vote for Commonwealth, State and Local Government elections you need to be eligible to enrol and complete an enrolment form and return it to the Commission. 

You can enrol online or collect an enrolment form from:

  • the Commission’s office
  • any AEC office
  • post offices

Enrolment forms need to be signed and returned to the Commission, as per the instructions on the form.

Non-Resident Property Owners or Non-Owner Property Resident

You may be eligible to vote in Council elections if you are on the State or Commonwealth electoral roll and own rateable property in the Shire, but do not live there.

Please complete the application form to register as non-resident property owner or non-owner property resident (occupier).

Enrolment Eligibility Claim - Owners and Occupiers

All eligible electors are able to vote once in any ward for which they are enrolled.  If there are more than two co-owners or occupiers in rateable property (including a body corporate or business), two eligible electors can be nominated to represent the group of owners or occupiers.

You may be eligible to vote in Council elections if you are on the State or Commonwealth electoral roll and who occupy rateable property in the Shire (by leasing or renting). If there are more than two co-owners or occupiers in rateable property (including a body corporate or business), two eligible electors can be nominated to represent the group of owners or occupiers.

Please review the eligibility criteria for occupiers below: 

  • Occupiers do not have continuous enrolment and should contact the Shire to confirm their status
  • To be eligible to enrol as an occupier, you must have a right of continuous occupation under a lease, tenancy agreement or other legal instrument
  • This must be for at least the next three months following the date of the application to enrol
  • Occupiers and occupier nominees remain on the roll for a period of two elections after their enrolment is accepted
  • They are then taken off the roll six months after the second election
  • They must then re-enrol if they wish to continue as electors.

How to vote

The Shire has previously appointed the Western Australian Electoral Commission to run the election and elected to conduct local government elections as a postal vote election and are likely to continue this practice for future elections.

The Electoral Commissioner is responsible for conducting all local government postal elections in Western Australia and can also conduct voting in person elections on request under the Local Government Act 1995. By making the Electoral Commissioner responsible for these elections, the local governments concerned ensure that elections are conducted independently and with impartiality.

To vote, complete the ballot papers, place them in the declaration envelope and then the pre-paid envelope and post the envelope in the mail. A ballot box will is also available at the Administration Building during the voting period to enable electors to return their ballot papers in person.

Electoral Gifts

All candidates are subject to the electoral gift requirements of the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997, including candidates who are current Council members.

Electoral gifts do not include the provision of volunteer labour, gifts by will, or gifts by a relative (as defined by section 5.74(1) of the Act).

Details of gifts received by unsuccessful candidates are removed from the electoral gift register in accordance with regulation 30G(3) of the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997.

Electoral Gift Register

More information and contact

For more information about the local government elections, visit the WA Electoral Commission website.

2021 Ordinary Election

The results of the 2021 Ordinary Election are available on the Western Australian Electoral Commission website.

2022 Extraordinary Election

The results of the 2022 Extraordinary Election are available on the Western Australian Electoral Commission website.