Nominate as a candidate

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Overview

Any eligible elector in the Town (who is 18 years of age or older and who is not disqualified) can nominate as a candidate in the Town of Victoria Park elections.

Electors who wish to nominate as a candidate must complete a valid nomination application and present it to the Returning Officer during the nomination period.

Nominate as a candidate

Nominations must be lodged (by appointment) with the Returning Officer during the nomination period.

Nominations for the 2021 ordinary election will open on Thursday 2 September 2021 and close at 4pm on Thursday 9 September 2021.

Full details about eligibility and nomination procedures for prospective candidates are available on the Electoral Commission's website.

Nomination requirements

Candidates are required to lodge with the Returning Officer:

  • a completed nomination (it is recommended that candidates use the Western Australian Electoral Commission’s online Nomination Builder to complete their nomination and construct their candidate profile)
  • a candidate profile (150 words maximum)
  • a nomination deposit of $80 (cash, bank cheque or postal order)
  • a recent passport-sized photograph (optional)
  • every candidate must complete the online candidate induction module available at www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au

Where an agent lodges a nomination on a candidate’s behalf, it must be in the prescribed form with a written authorisation signed by the candidate.

The documents may be hand delivered or posted to the Returning Officer and must be received by the close of nominations.

Electoral gifts

In accordance with Part 5A of the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997candidates and donors must disclose gifts received, made or promised during the disclosure period. For the 2021 ordinary elections, the electoral gift disclosure period commenced on 16 April 2021 and will conclude three days following the election on 19 October 2021. 

Disclosures must be made -

  • within three days of nominating, if the gift was received, made or promised prior to the candidate nominating, or
  • within three days of the gift being received, made or promised if this occurs after the candidate nominates.  

A gift is an electoral gift for the purposes of the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997 where - 

  • the gift relates to the candidate’s candidature, and
  • the value of the gift is $200 or more, or it is one of two or more gifts made by the same person, during the disclosure period, with a total value of $200 or more.

A gift cannot be accepted from an anonymous donor under any circumstance.

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 16 April 2021, to assist you in declaring your gifts following nominations.

Disclosure of gifts form(PDF, 304KB)

For any queries relating to the election or to submit disclosure forms, please email governancevicpark@vicpark.wa.gov.au.

 

Frequently asked questions

What time commitment is required of elected members?

Currently meetings of Council, agenda briefing forums and concept forums occur on Tuesday nights.

Additional meetings may be scheduled on Mondays which currently include meetings of the Audit and Risk Committee, Policy Committee and additional concept forums or workshops.

Elected members often attend community events, citizenship ceremonies and meetings with external stakeholders.

The Mayor of the Town attends additional meetings in carrying out their role as leader of the Town.

Elected members may also be appointed to external bodies which include but are not limited to:

  • Tamala Park Regional Council
  • Mindarie Regional Council
  • Joint Development Assessment Panel
  • WALGA South East Zone
  • Harold Hawthorne Senior Citizens Centre Board of Management
  • South East Metropolitan Regional Road Sub-Group
  • Perth Airport's Municipalities Group.

Elected members can also be appointed to various working groups or advisory groups. These meet at different frequencies depending on the group's terms of reference.

What are elected members paid?

The remuneration for the Mayor and Councillors is determined and reviewed by the Salaries and Allowances Tribunal on an annual basis.  

The current remuneration of the Mayor is:

Annual fee

$30,841

ICT allowance

$3,500

Mayor's allowance

$62,727

Total

$97,068

 

The current remuneration of the Deputy Mayor is:

Annual fee

$23,000

ICT allowance

$3,500

Deputy Mayor's allowance

$15,682

Total

$42,251

 

The current remuneration of a Councillor is:

Annual fee

$23,000

ICT allowance

$3,500

Total

$26,500

 

What induction will I receive if elected?

The Town provides a comprehensive induction and ongoing training for all elected members. Dates and details will be supplied to candidates upon nomination.

In addition, elected members must complete the Council Member Essentials course within 12 months of being elected. This course includes the following modules:

  • Understanding Local Government
  • Serving on Council
  • Meeting Procedures
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Understanding Financial Reports and Budgets.