Intending Candidate information

Representing your community as an Elected Member can be satisfying and rewarding.

The Local Government elections are coming up on 19 October and this is your chance to run for Council.

Information for candidates

Councillors are elected for a term of four years in Western Australia. Elections are held every two years for half of the council (four Elected Members), and candidates are elected using the first-past-the-post voting system.

Mayoral elections are held every four years.

This election the City will be electing the Mayor and five (5) Councillors, one from each of the five wards (Bannister, Beeliar. Beeloo, Mason, Nicholson).

Intending Candidates Seminar

 If you were unable to attend our Intending Candidate Seminar please click on the links below to hear from a range of presenters on topics relevant to nominating as an Intending Candidate.

City of Canning overview by Arthur Kyron, Chief Executive Officer, City of Canning
Local Government and the election process by Luke Stevens, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
Election process and nominations by Chris Avent, WA Electoral Commission
Role and responsibilities of Elected Members by Tony Brown, WALGA

Nominating to become an Elected Member

Candidates wanting to nominate to become an Elected Member can refer to the Local Government Candidates information on the Western Australian Electoral Commission’s website for key information and assistance with successful nomination applications.

The Candidate’s Pack also includes useful guides produced by the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC).

Electors who wish to nominate as a candidate in a Local Government election must complete a valid nomination application and present it to the Returning Officer before nominations close.

Nominations open on Thursday 5 September 2019 and close at 4pm on Thursday 12 September 2019.

Canning's allocated Returning Officer is Ian Stringall. Ian can be contacted on 0467 802 980 and

New laws for Intending Candidates

Recent new laws have been introduced making it compulsory for all candidates nominating in a Local Government election to complete an online induction. 

Candidates will be asked to declare that they have completed the online induction when filling out a nomination form. It is an offence to make false or misleading statements on the nomination form.  Further information and access to the online induction can be found on the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries website.

Electoral gifts

Under Part 5A of the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997 a candidate in a Local Government election must disclose gifts received relating to their candidacy to the CEO of the Local Government for which they are standing.

A gift is defined specifically in Regulation 30A but in general terms means the gifting of property, money or other financial benefit from one person or organisation to a candidate. There are additionally a number of gifts that are excluded from the need for disclosure such as those from relatives, volunteer hours or that are not related to standing as a candidate.

As a general guide an election gift, is a gift that is given to a candidate for election, because they are standing for election and is worth $200 or more (whether once off or cumulatively) and includes in addition to money any form of discount, hospitality or item. For advice on if a gift received would be an election gift please do not hesitate to contact the City of Canning for advice.

For the 2019 City of Canning General Elections the period in which a gift is an electoral gift commences on 19 April 2019 and will conclude three days following the election on 22 October 2019. Any gift given whether accepted or declined in this period must be disclosed.

Gifts must be disclosed within three days of nominating as a candidate for an election and once a candidate within three days of receiving a gift.
 A gift cannot be accepted from an anonymous donor under any circumstances and you must have a donors name and address.
For election gifts both the donor and the candidate must disclose the gift. Failure to disclose a gift by either party may result in a fine.
If you intend to be a candidate in the forthcoming election it is recommended that you keep a record of your potential electoral gifts from 19 April 2019 to assist you in declaring your gifts following nominations.

The form for declaring electoral gifts can be found here or sourced from the City

For any queries or to submit disclosure forms or other election issues please email with your email for the attention of Governance.