|Thursday 14 November 1996
||Issue of Writs
||A warrant was issued by His Excellency the Governor on Thursday, 14 November 1996. Writs were then issued by the Clerk of Writs for elections to be conducted in all electoral districts and regions in the state of Western Australia.
|6.00 pm Friday 22 November 1996
||Close of Rolls
||8 days between issue of writ and close of roll.
|6.00pm Friday 22 November 1996
||Close of Nominations
||Close of nominations and draw for ballot paper positions. Applications also close for authorisation for use of political party names and for formation of groups (Legislative Council only).
|Monday 25 November 1996
||Close of Ticket Applications
||24 hours after close of nominations, close off time to lodge voting tickets (Legislative Council only).
|Tuesday 26 November 1996
||Oral Postal Voting Open
||Oral postal vote ballot papers should be available for issue.
|Thursday 28 November 1996
||Written Postal Voting Open
||Written postal vote ballot papers should be available for issue.
|6.00pm Thursday 12 December 1996
||Written Postal Voting Close
||Applications for Written postal votes close at 6.00pm.
|6.00pm Friday 13 December 1996
||Oral Postal Voting Close
||Applications for Oral postal votes close at 6.00pm.
|Saturday 14 December 1996
||Polling conducted between the hours of 8.00am and 6.00pm
|9.00am Tuesday 17 December 1996
||Close of Receipt of Postal Voting
||Written postal vote ballot papers must be received by the Electoral Commission before 9.00am. Envelope must be postmarked before 6.00pm on polling day.
|Friday 17 January 1997
||Return of Writ - Legislative Assembly
||Last day for the Returning Officers for the Electoral Districts to return the writ to the Clerk of the Writs.
|Friday 24 January 1997
||Return of Writ - Legislative Council
||Last day for the Regional Returning Officers for the Electoral Regions to return the writ to the Clerk of the Writs.