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.
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 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:
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
- 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
- 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
- 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,
- 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
The City has eleven Councillors, representing four wards.
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:
|Ward||Number of Vacancies||Term of successful candidate||Current sitting Councillor|
|South||One||Four years||Cr Catherine Ehrhardt|
|Central||Two||Four years||Cr Chris Cornish, Cr Sally Palmer|
|North||One||Four years||Cr Michelle Sutherland|
|West||One||Four years||Cr Dan Bull|
Find everything you need to know about political signage here:
Political Signage FAQ's
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
As a Councillor, you will attend a series of meetings all year round. You can find upcoming Council meeting dates by clicking below: