All government agencies and their activities are governed by legislation. The legislation listed below determine the principal activities of the Western Australian Electoral Commission. Click here to view electoral legislation.
|Constitution Act 1889|
|Constitution Acts Amendment Act 1899|
|Election of Senators Act 1903|
|Electoral Act 1907|
|Franchise Act 1916|
|Local Government Act 1995|
|Referendums Act 1983|
|Electoral Regulations 1996|
|Electoral (Ballot Paper Forms) Regulations 1990|
|Electoral (Political Finance) Regulations 1996|
|Industrial Arbitration (Union Elections) Regulations 1980|
|Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997|
|Referendums Regulations 1984|
Of those statutes listed, the following are administered by the Commission:
Electoral Act 1907
Franchise Act 1916
Referendums Act 1983
These statutes provide the requirements enabling the Commission to conduct all aspects of State general elections, referendums and, after every State general election, to conduct the redistribution of electoral boundaries.
In addition to these, the Commission conducts elections for local government bodies under the Local Government Act 1995 and for other non government bodies on request. Elections for non government bodies are also regulated by the relevant election rules contained in their constitutions.
Under provisions of the Juries Act 1957, the Commission also provides the Sheriff's Office with jury lists drawn from the State Electoral Roll.