Candidate Information

If you have a passion for your community and an ability to learn new skills, show leadership and work with others, then becoming a Councillor could be for you.

Important Information for Candidates

Download your own Candidate Information Pack, filled with important information preparing you to become a candidate in your next election. 

Candidate Information Pack


Once you have decided to nominate for Council you will need to submit your nomination. Nominations open on Thursday, 5th September 2019 and close at 4pm on Thursday 12th September, 2019. Please see the Official Call for Nominations for further details. 

Official Call for Nominations


All gifts given during the election period will be listed in the register below.

gift register

    Who can nominate to be a candidate?

    Any person who is an Australian citizen, 18 years or over and on the electoral roll (unless a nominee of a body corporate or otherwise disqualified), may nominate for Council. Prospective nominees are encouraged to contact the City of Bayswater if they are unsure of their eligibility.

    Candidate nominations open on 5 September 2019 and close at 4.00pm on 12 September 2019.

    Ballot Draw

    Following the close of nominations on 12 September 2019, the ballot draw will take place at the Civic Centre. The ballot draw is carried out in accordance with the Local Government Act 1995, and decides the order by which the candidates appear on the ballot paper. The ballot draw is non-compulsory and candidates are not required to attend.

    Important dates

    Important dates in the Postal Election Timeline are: 

    • Close of roll - 5pm Friday 30 August 2019
    • Close of nominations - 4pm Thursday 12 September 2019
    • Lodgement of metropolitan local government election packages commences - Wednesday 25 September 2019
    • Election day - Saturday 19 October 2019

    You can download the full Postal Election Timeline by clicking below:

    Download Timeline

    What is required of a Councillor?

    Some of the responsibilities of City of Bayswater Councillor's are as follows. You can find more on this by downloading the Candidate Information Pack.

    Agenda Reading and Attendance at Meetings

    • Ordinary Council Meetings – held fortnightly
    • Special Council Meetings – as required
    • Minor Committees
    • External Committees
    • Annual General Meeting
    • Workshops / Briefings - held fortnightly
    • Civic Functions – Citizenship ceremonies
    • Award ceremonies
    • ANZAC Day ceremonies
    • Community Events

    Community Liaison

    • Specific days/times/location
    • Available to electors as and when required


    • Work as a team
    • Accountable for decisions
    • Conduct - impartial decision making
    • Confidentiality of information


    • Electoral Gifts
    • Gifts
    • Primary and Annual Returns – includes disclosures of financial interests
    • Declaring interests at meetings, including financial and impartial
    • Membership and roles within community groups and political interests
    • Related Party Disclosure

    Recording Keeping

    • State Records Office requirements
    • Correspondence to/from electors to be recorded

    Governance Provisions – important documents to be aware of

    • Standing Orders Local Law 2018 – meeting procedures and conduct
    • Plan for the Future – Strategic Community Plan, Corporate Business Plan, Long Term Financial Plan,

    Workforce Plan

    • Annual Budget
    • Delegated Authority Register
    • Annual Report

    You may want to attend a Council meeting prior to nominating for Council for an insight into meeting procedures and the issues discussed and decided at meetings.

    Council members' responsibilities and rights

    Seats to be contested

    The City has eleven Councillors, representing four wards. 

    elected members

    City of Bayswater Wards

    • At each Ordinary Election, at least half the Councillors are elected for a four year term
    • The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected by the Council at a Special Meeting of Council, held after the election.

    Seats to be contested in the 2019 election:

    WardNumber of VacanciesTerm of successful candidateCurrent sitting Councillor
    SouthOneFour yearsCr Catherine Ehrhardt
    CentralTwoFour yearsCr Chris Cornish, Cr Sally Palmer
    NorthOneFour yearsCr Michelle Sutherland
    WestOneFour yearsCr Dan Bull
    Political signage guidelines

    Find everything you need to know about political signage here:

    Political Signage FAQ's

    Electoral Gifts and Crowdfunding

    Within three days of nomination, any candidate in a local government election will need to disclose any gifts recieved within the disclosure period.  These rules also apply to any crowdfunding. 

    Candidates will need to complete the Gifts Disclosure Form (LG09A) and submit it to the Chief Executive.  For more information click below:

    Disclosure of Electoral Gifts FAQ's      Electoral Gifts Register

    Council Meetings

    As a Councillor, you will attend a series of meetings all year round. You can find upcoming Council meeting dates by clicking below:

    Council Meetings

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