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Nominating for council

Becoming an Elected Member at the City of Subiaco provides an opportunity to be part of the decision making process to make a positive difference in your community. Elected Members have a wide range of responsibilities, including representing electors and residents in making decisions about community assets, infrastructure and services, allocation of resources and setting Council's policies.

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Nomination dates

The nomination period to become a candidate in the 2017 local government elections opens on Thursday 7 September 2017 and closes on Thursday 14 September 2017 at 4pm. 


To nominate as an Elected Member, you must:

  • Be on the electoral roll as a resident or non-resident owner or occupier of a rateable property in the City of Subiaco.
  • Be over 18 years of age and not disqualified from being an Elected Member under the Local Government Act.

Nominees of a body corporate are not eligible to nominate as an Elected Member. See Part 2, Division 5 of the Local Government Act for a list of disqualifying factors. 

Returning Officer

The city’s Returning Officer is responsible for the conduct and processes associated with City of Subiaco local government elections. The Returning Officer is able to provide further information for prospective candidates including guides and forms for candidates and scrutineers.

The city’s Returning Officer will be appointed by the WA Electoral Commission closer to the opening of nominations.

Nomination submissions

Nominations are to be finalised and lodged in person with the city’s Returning Officer, who is responsible for the local government elections once the nomination period opens. An effective nomination consists of:

  • a completed nomination form
  • a profile of the candidate, prepared in accordance with the regulations
  • a nomination deposit of $80 (cash, bank cheque or money order)
  • a photograph (optional).

Prior to nominating, potential candidates should read the Western Australian Electoral Commission’s Guide for Candidates (Postal Elections) and be familiar with eligibility, nomination and disclosure of gifts requirements.

Candidates are encouraged to make an appointment with the city’s Returning Officer well before nominations close to discuss nominations. The city’s Returning Officer will be available at the City of Subiaco Administration Centre for appointments during the nomination period.  


Nominating as an Elected Member is an important decision. The Department of Local Government has published guidelines to assist with this process.

Candidate information session

To enable prospective candidates to gain more information on becoming an Elected Member and how to stand for Council, the city will be holding a candidate information session. The session will be publicised closer to the nomination period.