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How to Join Bunbury City Council

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Laws have been introduced which makes it compulsory for all candidates nominating in a local government election to complete the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries online induction. Further information can be obtained through the Department’s website

Any eligible elector in the City of Bunbury (who is 18 years of age or older and who is not disqualified) can stand as a candidate in the City of Bunbury local government elections. Nominees of a body corporate cannot stand for election.

Nomination requirements

Candidates are required to lodge with the Returning Officer:

  • a completed nomination in the prescribed form, signed and witnessed. (This form is available from the Returning Officer, the Western Australian Electoral Commission or the City of Bunbury
  • Declaration of completed candidate induction
  • a single A4 page profile containing not more than 800 characters of information about the candidate
  • a nomination deposit of $80 (cash, bank cheque or postal order); and
  • a recent passport-sized photograph (optional)

The Commission has developed an online system called Nomination Builder to assist candidates to complete their nomination form which includes the candidate profile. This is the preferred method of completing the nomination form and profile for elections conducted by the Commission. Candidates complete their nomination details and profile, print the completed form which has a reference number allocated and lodge it with the Returning Officer.
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, posted or faxed to the Returning Officer and must be received by the close of nominations.
Full details about eligibility and nomination procedures for prospective candidates can be obtained by contacting the Returning Officer (TBA) or the Western Australian Electoral Commission on 13 63 06.