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WA Election 2017

The WA state election will be held on Saturday, 11th March.

In the lead up to the state election, Carers WA will be advocating to improve the lives of all carers in Western Australia. During the federal election in July 2016, Carers Australia had identified four national key areas of need for carers, which were:

  • Commitment to streamlining and filling gaps in the carer support service landscape
  • Respite for carers
  • Safeguarding the wellbeing and life chances of young carers
  • Employment support for carers.

Carers WA continues to support these areas of need and in anticipation for the state election, will be approaching party leaders, key Members of Parliament (in relation to the carer portfolio) and Members from marginal seats to promote this agenda. In addition to these important areas of need, Carers WA will be asking for a response from Members on:

  • Ensuring there is adequate respite options for carers in WA
  • The review and expansion of the Carers Recognition Act 2004 to include all government agencies.

Following their responses, this information will be made available on this webpage for you to make the best choices in the election.

I care and I vote - have your say!

Carers WA is asking carers to let us know their key election priorities and what they want the newly elected government to do for family and friend carers. You can do this by calling (08) 9228 7431 and leaving a short voice message or by emailing us at election@carerswa.asn.au. Comments received may be published on this webpage whilst maintaining your anonymity. This will enable political members, service providers, other carers and the general public to see your views.

What carers have said

  • Click here to read comments from carers regarding their election priorites

What pollies have said

  • Click here to read a copy of Carers WA's letter to politicians
  • Response from the Hon. Paul Miles MLA, Minister for Local Government; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; and Youth
  • Response from Liza Harvey MLA, Deputy Premier
  • Response from Lynn MacLaren MLC, Greens WA spokesperson
  • Response from Mark McGowan, Leader of the Opposition
  • Liberals WA media release - carer respite 

Voting Information

The WA Electoral Commission recognises that not everyone can vote on polling day for a number of different reasons, one of these may be due to your caring role. Anyone who is eligible to vote in a state election may apply for an early vote, either in person or by post. Various options for voting before Election Day are available; these include:

  • Early voting (in person)
  • Postal voting
  • Mobile polling (eg. for people in hospital or residential aged care)

You can also enrol to vote early at every election if you meet the eligibility criteria, one of these is ‘caring for a person who is seriously ill or infirm’.

For more information call the Election Line on 13 63 06 (WA only) or (08) 9214 0400 from 8.30am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. For postal voting email postalinfo@waec.wa.gov.au or visit the WA Electoral Commission website on www.elections.wa.gov.au/vote.

Online voting (iVote): the WA Electoral Commission has announced that eligible electors currently enrolled will be able to vote by telephone, computer or mobile device from anywhere or the comfort of their home, using the iVote system. An eligible elector is anyone unable to vote without assistance and/or anyone who may  have difficulty casting a vote at a polling place. For further information about iVote visit www.elections.wa.gov.au/ivote or call 1300 64 86 83.