Council elections


A Council serves the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley consisting of nine elected members, which cover the whole Shire as one ward.

The elected members are elected to their positions for a four-year term, with half having their terms expire every two years.

Pursuant to the Local Government Act 1995, all local government elections in Western Australia are held every two years on the third Saturday in October.

While voting in a local government election is not compulsory in Western Australia, all electors are strongly encouraged to vote.

The Shire of Derby/West Kimberley’s ordinary elections are administered by the Electoral Commission and are conducted in person (this system allows the Electoral Commission to visit the remote aboriginal communities to invite them to vote).

You can find more information on becoming a Councillor here.

Information for electors - Enrolment eligibility

To be eligible to vote in the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley elections, you need to be a resident recorded on the state electoral roll or a non-resident property or business owner recorded on the Shire’s non-resident owners and occupiers roll.

Residents who are listed on the state electoral roll within the boundaries of the Shire are automatically placed on the residents' roll.

How do I enrol to vote?

To enrol to vote in the local government elections visit the Australian Electoral Commission’s website.

How can I find out if I am already enrolled?

You can check if you are already enrolled by completing the Online Enrolment Check on the West Australian Electoral Commission website.

I own a property in the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley but do not live there; can I still vote in elections?

Yes you can. Read the Enrolment Eligibility Claim Information Note to check that you are eligible and then complete the application form.

I run a business that occupies a property in the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley but do not live in the Shire, can I still vote in the elections?

Yes you can. Read the Enrolment Eligibility Claim Information Note to check that you are eligible and then complete the application form.

Can I vote for the Shire President?

No, the President of the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley is currently elected by the Council from the elected members, rather than being elected by the electors.

Where can I vote?

The Shire of Derby/West Kimberley conducts its election in person in conjunction with the Western Australian Electoral Commission. Voting takes place with a pre polling mobile voting station visiting some aboriginal communities, pre polling at the Derby and Fitzroy Crossing Administration Centres.

Confirmation of the polling places will be provided closer to the election day.

A polling place will be open on election day at the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley Council Chambers, 30 Clarendon Street, Derby (8.00am – 6.00pm) and Fitzroy Crossing Administration Centre (Visitors Centre), Flynn Drive, Fitzroy Crossing (8.00am – 3.00pm)

When is the next local government election day?

Saturday 16 October 2021.

When will I know the result of an election?

The count commences at 6pm on election day and results are usually available later that evening on the Western Australian Electoral Commission's website.

Information for candidates


The Local Government Act 1995 sets out the criteria that qualifies a person to be elected as a member of a council:

A person is qualified to be elected as a member of a council if the person:

  • Is of or over the age of 18 years;
  • Is an elector of the district; and
  • Is not disqualified for membership of the council for reasons outlined in the Act.

Returning Officer

The Shire’s Returning Officer is appointed by the Western Australian Electoral Commission and is responsible for the conduct and processes associated with the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley local government elections. The Returning Officer is able to provide further information for prospective candidates including guides and forms for candidates and scrutineers. Contact details for the Western Australian Electoral Commission’s appointed Returning Officer will be made available as soon possible.


Nominations are to be lodged in person with the Shire’s Returning Officer, who is responsible for the local government elections once the nomination period opens. An effective nomination consists of:

  • a completed nomination form
  • a profile of the candidate, prepared in accordance with the regulations
  • a nomination deposit of $80 (cash, bank cheque or money order)
  • a photograph (optional)

Prior to nominating, potential candidates should read the Western Australian Electoral Commission’s Guide for Candidates and be familiar with eligibility, nomination and disclosure of gifts requirements.

Prior to nominating, potential candidates are also required to complete an online compulsory Local Government Candidate Induction.

Important Election Dates for the 2021 Shire Councillors Election

Information Evening for Interested Councillor Candidates

An evening has been allocated to hold an information meeting, where the role of Council and Councillors will be outlined, and an opportunity to ask questions will be provided.

5.00pm 9 August 2021 at Derby Council Chambers, 30 Clarendon Street, Derby

Wednesday 11 August, Library, Fitzroy Crossing.

Please register your interest with Neil Hartley, Director Strategic Business on 08 9191 0952 to ensure these information sessions go ahead. 

Councillor Nominations Open

First day for candidates to lodge completed nomination papers.   Please liaise with the Returning Officer for details of how to prepare and lodge your nomination.

2 September 2021

Nomination Period

Nominations are open for eight days. Nominations must be in the prescribed form and lodged with the Returning Officer.

Close of Nominations

Last day for candidates to lodge their nominations.

4.00pm 9 September 2021

Postal and Early Votes

Postal, Absent, and Early Votes can be cast if you are not available to vote in person on Saturday 16 October 2021.  Electoral staff will visit aboriginal communities to all votes to be cast at these locations.

Absent – up to 12 October

Postal – up to 12 October

Early – up to 15 October

Election Day

Saturday 16 October 2021

Returning Officer

Details of Returning Officer to be provided by Electoral Commissioner upon appointment.

Further Information

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

WAEC - Western Australian Electoral Commission