One of the most important factors that determines if you are eligible to vote at local government elections is whether you are registered on the state electoral roll for property within the City of Armadale.
You can check your enrolment details at the Western Australian Electoral Commission website.
To vote at the next local government elections, which occur the third Saturday in October 2021, your enrolment details must be correct as at the end of August 2021.
If you are not on the State Electoral Roll and meet the eligibility criteria, or if you have changed address recently, you must register or update your details by any of the following methods:
- Enrol online or over the phone.
- Register or update your enrolment details on the State Electoral Roll visit the Australian Electoral Commission website or call them on 13 63 06.
- Enrol in person.
- Register or update your enrolment details in person please visit your nearest Centrelink or Australia Post.
- You can also enrol to vote or update your enrolment details at the City of Armadale Administration Centre, 7 Orchard Avenue, Armadale.
In order to be eligible to vote, you must:
- Be an Australian Citizen
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Have lived at your present address for at least one month prior to the close of enrolments.
In addition, you need to be either;
A resident within Armadale (your normal place of residence is within the Armadale district) and you appear on the State electoral roll (i.e. you are enrolled to vote at elections).
A non-resident or occupier provided:
- You are on the State or Commonwealth electoral rolls for your normal place of residence outside the Armadale district
- You genuinely own or occupy rateable property in Armadale (e.g. commercial premises by way of legal instrument like a lease for a minimum three month term)
- You have made a successful eligibility claim form (see enrolment eligibility form) with the City’s Rates department that is still current.
Special Eligibility Criteria
In rare instances, even if you do not appear on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll but own or occupy a rateable property in the City of Armadale you may still be eligible to vote. This special rule only applies if you were on the City of Armadale’s last electoral roll that was prepared in 1996 and you have owned or occupied rateable property in the district continuously since this time. This special rule is as a result of the change from the Local Government Act 1960 to the Local Government Act 1995.
If you are a non-resident owner or occupier of rateable property in the City of Armadale and are on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll, you are eligible to enrol to vote in certain situations:
- Owners of land who were on the last roll continue to retain that status until they cease to own the rateable property to which the enrolment relates
- Occupiers do not have continuous enrolment and should contact the City of Armadale to confirm their enrolment status. To be eligible to enrol as an occupier, you will need to have a right of continuous occupation under a lease, tenancy agreement or other legal instrument for at least the next three months following the date of the application to enrol.
If you are not on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll and own or occupy a rateable property in the City of Armadale, in rare instances you may still be eligible to enrol to vote. This applies if you were on the City of Armadale’s last electoral roll prior to 1996 and have owned or occupied rateable property in the district continuously since this time.
If you wish to check your enrolment on the City of Armadale's owners and occupiers roll please contact the Rates department at Rates@armadale.wa.gov.au or by calling 9394 5000 and ask to speak to a Rates Officer.
Applying as a Non-Resident Owner/Occupier
To apply as a non-resident owner/occupier you will need to complete and submit an enrolment eligibility claim form.
- Owners and occupiers
Enrolment eligibility claim forms must be received by the Chief Executive Officer during an election year and prior to the close of rolls (Usually the end of August).
If a rateable property is owned or occupied by more than two people, a majority of the owners / occupiers may nominate two persons from amongst themselves who are on either the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll to enrol to vote as owner / occupier electors.
A body corporate that owns or occupies rateable property in the City may nominate two people who are either on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll to enrol as nominees on the City's Owners and Occupiers Roll. For corporations that own multiple properties in different wards only the same two nominees can vote in each ward.
NOTE: If you are only eligible to vote on the basis of being a nominee of a body corporate under section 4.31 or schedule 9.3 of the Local Government Act 1995, then you are ineligible to be a Councillor.