Local Government Elections

Local Government Ordinary Elections are held every two years on the third Saturday in October. Reforms in 2023 resulted in eight Elected Members and a Shire President representing the district. The Shire Presidents position is popularly elected by electors.

Elections, subject to a prior Council decision are generally conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission, and the postal voting method is used.

The next Ordinary Local Government Election is scheduled for 18 October 2025.


Effective from 1 July 2023, wards in the district are:

  • Ashburton-Tablelands Ward;
  • Onslow Ward;
  • Pannawonica Ward;
  • Paraburdoo Ward; and the
  • Tom Price Ward.

Ward maps can be found here: Shire of Ashburton Ward Maps


The optional preferential voting system is used for elections, similar to the system of voting at State and Federal elections. 

Past Election Reports 

Prior election reports can be accessed here: Shire of Ashburton Election Reports