Council elections take place when a Councillor's term has expired and there is more than one candidate standing for the position. Local Government elections take place biannually in October.
A "Notice of Election" is published in the West Australian, Toodyay Herald and Avon Valley Advocate prior to an election. Postal and absent votes are also accepted.
Voting in Local Government elections is not compulsory however, Council encourages every Elector to have their say.
Avoid the disappointment of not being able to cast your vote at election time by ensuring that your name appears on the Electoral Roll. Most residents over the age of 18 years are eligible to be included on the roll. Please advise of any changes to your electoral roll status. If you are unsure if you are on the Shire of Toodyay electoral roll please contact the Shire Office.
The Department of Local Government and Communities has produced more information to assist you in your decision to stand for Council as follows:
Standing For Council
Take a Stand - Why be a Councillor?
Fact Sheet 1 - An Introduction to Local Government
Fact Sheet 2 - The role of a Council Member
Fact Sheet 3 - Council Members responsibilities and rights
Fact Sheet 4 - Nominating to be a Council Member
Fact Sheet 5 - Rights and obligations in campaigning
Fact Sheet 6 - Running an election campaign
Fact Sheet 7 - conduct of local government elections
Fact Sheet 8 - what happens when you become a Council Member
Candidates are required to lodge with the returning Officer:
Nomination packages will be available from the Shire of Toodyay Administration Centre in the lead up to Local Government elections.
If you are unable to attend on Election Day and would like to submit an application for a postal vote then please complete Form 12 Application for Postal Voting Papers.