Local Government Elections

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

Councillors are elected for four year terms, with half of the Councillors’ terms concluding at each biennial election.

The City's elections are generally conducted as postal elections by the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC). The WAEC appoints a Returning Officer who oversees the election, which includes taking candidate nominations and supervising the count on election night.

Election packages are posted to all electors on the City of Busselton roll approximately three weeks before Election Day. Every person enrolled on the electoral roll will be issued a ballot by mail and invited to complete the ballot and return it to the City by 6pm on Election Day.

The count commences at 6pm that same day and the results are normally available later that evening.

To be eligible to nominate as a candidate you must be an elector of the district (residential or owner/occupier) and over 18 years of age. More information on eligibility can be found here. https://www.elections.wa.gov.au/candidates-and-parties/local-government-candidates