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Port Hedland LGA Local Government Election 2020

The Port Hedland LGA will elect 8 Councillors and 1 Mayor on 17 October 2020. This is a non-compulsory, postal vote. Even though this election is not compulsory, participating in the voting process means your voice is heard on the local government level. Elected Members and the Mayor make key strategic decisions at Council Meetings, steering the direction of the town into the future. 

The Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) is the organisation responsible for running the election. Click here for more information. 

Key Dates

5pm 28 August         This is the last date you can enrol or update your details on the electoral roll. This is particularly important because this election is a postal vote, meaning ballot papers will be mailed to your details on the roll. Click here for more information. 
3 September Councillor and Mayor nominations open
10 September Councillor and Mayor nominations close
18 September Ballot papers begin to be mailed to electors
6pm 17 October Polls close 6pm

Becoming an Elected Member

In this local government election, the town will be electing four Councillors until 21 October 2021, 4 Councillors until 21 October 2021 and a Mayor until 16 October 2021. Candidate Nominations open on Thursday 3 September 2020.

Nominations close 4pm on Thursday 10 September 2020. Nominations must be lodged with the Returning Officer at any time during the above period by arrangements or between 2pm and 4pm on Thursday 10 September (close of nominations) at 13 McGregor Street Port Hedland.

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 of the Western Australian Electoral Commission at the Civic Centre);
  • a single A4 page profile containing not more than 150 words of information about the candidate;
  • a nomination deposit of $80 (cash, EFT, bank cheque or postal order);
  • a recent passport-sized photograph (optional); and
  • every candidate must complete the online candidate induction module available at

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. The nomination builder can be accessed at /

Where an agent lodges a nomination on a candidate's behalf, it must be in the prescribed form with a written authorization 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.

Full details about eligibility and nomination procedures for prospective candidates can be obtained by contacting the Returning Officer on 0410 624 824 or the Western Australian Electoral Commission on 13 63 06.

Lyn Cavanagh