Nominating for Council

Any eligible elector can stand for election as a Councillor.  Skilled and interested community members are encouraged to nominate.

To check your eligibility to nominate in the council election, please visit

If you’re considering running for Council, the Department of Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries’ website contains comprehensive information on the process, expectations and responsibilities of councillors.  You can also find resources on how to run an election campaign and information on voting.

The WA Electoral Commission is administering the Town of Bassendean’s local government election in 2017. The Commission also provides great resources for candidates, including information on the disclosure of gifts and the appointment of scrutineers.

Nomination Dates

You can nominate to become a candidate in the 2017 local government election from Thursday 7 September 2017 until 4pm Thursday 14 September 2017.

Returning Officer

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

The Town’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 Town’s Returning Officer, who is responsible for the local government election once the nomination period opens.

An acceptable nomination requires:

  • A profile of the candidate (up to 150 words), prepared in accordance with the regulations;
  • A nomination deposit of $80 in the form of cash, bank cheque or money order; and
  • 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 Town’s Returning Officer well before nominations close to discuss nominations.  The Town’s Returning Officer will be available at the Town of Bassendean’s Customer Service Centre for appointments during the nomination period.

Prospective Councillors Seminar

To enable prospective candidates to gain more information on becoming a Councillor and how to stand for Council, a Prospective Councillors Seminar will be held on Saturday, 26 August 2017 at the Midland Town Hall at 2pm.  More information on this Seminar will be provided closer to the date.

Council Elections