Local Government Elections 2019

Owner and Occupiers Roll

Enrolment Eligibility Claim Form - Owner Occupier Roll, 2019 Ordinary Council Election

In the lead up to a Local Government Election the Shire is commencing a review of the Owners and Occupiers Roll which will ensure the Roll is accurate by identifying Electors whose Eligibility Claims have expired and initiating the opportunity for those Electors who may still be or are eligible to make an Eligibility Claim, to update their details.
All residents in a local government district who are enrolled on the State Electoral Roll are automatically enrolled on the corresponding local government roll. People who own or occupy property within a local government district, can apply to their local government to be included on the Roll as an owner/occupier, as long as they are eligible electors. A body corporate may apply to have up to two eligible electors to be included on the Owner/Occupier Roll. All eligible electors are allowed to vote once in any district or ward for which they are enrolled.

Please see the below tables before making an eligibility claim:

For an application for one of the above eligibilities, please complete Form 2 Enrolment and Eligibility Claim and return in accordance within the forms requirements to the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley. Form delivery will be accepted by the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley via the following delivery methods:

Delivery in person: Kununurra Office 20 Coolibah Drive or, Wyndham Office Koolama Street, Wyndham.

Via Post: PO Box 614, Kununurra WA 6743.

Via Email: mail@swek.wa.gov.au

You can download the form here.

Interested in standing for Council?

The function of the Council is to provide good governance for residents in the district, which includes the provision of works and services to ensure the health, safety and fulfilment of the local community. Five fundamental aims of Council can be identified:

  • to direct and uphold the affairs of Council
  • to be responsible for the performance of Council’s functions
  • to oversee the allocation of Council’s finances and resources
  • to determine policies and
  • to provide for the good government of persons in the district

Voting

In order to be enrolled for a Local Government Election you have to be one of the following:

Resident

You are already enrolled to vote in elections for the electorate in which you live if you are on the State electoral roll as a resident of that address. If you are not already on the State electoral roll and meet the eligibility criteria, a claim for enrolment should be made to any Divisional Returning Officer of the Australian Electoral Commission in Western Australia.

Owner and Occupier

You are also eligible to be enrolled to vote in Local Government elections if you are a non-resident owner or occupier of rateable property in the electorate, provided that you are on a State or Commonwealth electoral roll. (For example, if you live in a metropolitan area but own property in the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley you are able to vote in that Councils election.) However, remember that just because you own property and pay rates, it does not automatically allow you to vote at elections. It is essential that you lodge an enrolment form with the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley.

If you are not on a State or Commonwealth electoral roll, an enrolment claim can still be accepted provided you were on the last owners and occupiers roll for that electorate and have continued to own or occupy rateable property in the electorate continuously since that roll was prepared. 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 3 months following the date of the application to enrol.

Joint Owner and Occupier

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 rolls, to enrol as owner/occupier electors.

Corporation

A body corporate, which owns or occupies rateable property, may nominate two persons who are on either the State or Commonwealth electoral rolls, to enrol as owner/occupier electors.