Thinking of Becoming a Councillor

Local Government Councillors are elected by people who live and do business in the local Council area and / or own property within the local government and have registered to vote.

Councillors play an important community leadership role and create policies and resolve decisions that the Council makes about what happens locally.

Local government elections are held on the third Saturday of October, every two years.

If you are interested in becoming a Councillor and would like more information you can click on the links (below) to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website or the WA Electoral Commission's website.  

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries - Nominating to be a Council Member

Western Australian (WA) Electoral Commission - Information for Candidates and Electors

Mandatory Candidate Induction 

It is compulsory to complete this induction before you nominate. The induction should take approximately thirty minutes to complete.

Candidate Induction - this link will take you to the Department of Local Government's website.

How to Nominate for the 2021 Election

Heather Marr has been appointed by the WA Electoral Commission as the Shire's Returning Officer. You will need to make contact with Heather and arrange a meeting in order for you to nominate.  If you would just like to arrange an appointment with Heather, you can contact the Shire on 9848 0300.

Heather's contact details: Mobile: 0427 797 118 or email

A Local Perspective and Current Issues

Candidates are also welcome to contact the Council's Chief Executive Officer for a confidential conversation by telephoning (08) 9848 0300 or arranging a meeting.  Potential candidates can also contract existing Councillors to discuss the requirements of the role. 

Councillor Contact Page

Training once you become a Councillor

The State Government has introduced mandatory training for all Elected Members.  The Shire of Denmark's policy is that the training will be conducted by the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA).  To find out more visit the WALGA website.

Council Member Essentials Training