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The electoral changes are part of the most significant reforms to local government in more than 25 years.

The electoral changes, part of the State Government's wider package of local government reforms, are designed to strengthen local democracy, and include:

Optional Preferential Voting means ratepayers will now have the power to vote for as many or as few candidates as they wish, using numbered preferences. This change brings council elections more into line with State and Federal elections.

Many other minor changes, such as increased information about candidates being published on local government websites, will also strengthen the election process.

The new communications toolkit includes factsheets, posters, social media material, a notice to residents, and instructional videos. These materials can be made available on local government websites and their social media channels, delivered directly to ratepayers, and displayed at council venues and facilities.

In addition to the toolkit, an advertising campaign will be launched closer to the October elections encouraging people to vote, as well as to consider nominating as a council member. This campaign will also specifically aim to reach Aboriginal Western Australians, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, younger people, as well as people with disabilities and the LGBTQIA+ community.

The State Government's reform package includes measures to support a diverse range of people who serve on councils, including new parental leave entitlements, and changes to enable local governments to pay superannuation and educational allowances to council members.

Reform of the Local Government Act


Page reviewed 27 February 2023