|City of Perth|
|Population||21,797 (2016 census)|
|o Density||1,089.31/km2 (2,821.3/sq mi)|
|Area||20.01 km2 (7.7 sq mi)|
|Lord Mayor||Lisa Scaffidi (suspended)|
|Council seat||Council House, Perth|
|Website||City of Perth|
The City of Perth is a local government area and body, within the Perth metropolitan area, which is the capital of Western Australia. The local government is commonly known as Perth City Council. The City covers the Perth city centre and surrounding suburbs. The City covers an area of 20.01 square kilometres (8 sq mi) and had an estimated population of 21,092 as at 30 June 2015. On 1 July 2016 the City expanded, absorbing 1,247 residents from the City of Subiaco. The Perth City Council was suspended on 2 March 2018, pending the establishment of a public inquiry into the council, by Local Government Minister David Templeman. The council has been administered by three Commissioners since then.
In 1915, it absorbed North Perth (1901) and Leederville (1895) municipalities, and on 1 November 1917, Victoria Park was also absorbed. A year later, it absorbed territory from Perth Road Board including the Belmont Park racecourse.
By 1962, the council had 27 members representing nine wards.
On 1 July 1994, following the passage of the City of Perth Restructuring Act (1993), the City of Perth was broken up and a significantly reduced City of Perth constituted. The Town of Victoria Park, Town of Cambridge and Town of Vincent were created from the former boundaries of the City. The first elections were held on 6 May 1995, with 8 councillors and a mayor.
The City of Perth Act 2016 defined Perth as the capital of Western Australia, and expanded the City's boundaries to include a number of landmarks including Kings Park, University of Western Australia, Perth Children's Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre. The boundary changes took effect on 1 July 2016. Approximately 1,247 residents from Nedlands and Subiaco in the City of Subiaco were transferred to the City of Perth, and the City expanded to a total area of 26.93 square kilometres (10 sq mi).
Since 2 March 2018, the Council has been managed by a panel of three Commissioners appointed by the Government of Western Australia, pending the results of an inquiry into the activities of the suspended council. The elected City of Perth comprises eight Councillors elected proportionally, with no divisions into wards. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. Elections are held every two years on the third Saturday in October, with four councillors elected for a four-year term at each election. The Lord Mayor is directly-elected for a four-year term, with the Deputy Lord Mayor elected for one year by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council.
|Chair Commissioner||Eric Lumsden||2 March 2018 - present||Chairperson of the Western Australian Planning Commission|
|Deputy Chair Commissioner||Gaye McMath||2 March 2018 - present||Former Executive Director of Perth Education City|
|Commissioner||Andrew Hammond||2 March 2018 - present||Chief Executive Officer of the City of Rockingham|
|Martin Mileham||1 September 2016 - 29 October 2018|||
|Murray Jorgensen OAM JP (acting)||13 November 2018 - present|||
The Lord Mayor was elected in October 2015 and, pending the results of the public inquiry, the current term will expire in October 2019. The most recent councillor elections were held in October 2015, for terms ending in October 2019, and in October 2017, for terms ending in October 2021, and the makeup of the currently suspended council, in order of election and term, is as follows:
|Lord Mayor||Lisa Scaffidi||Independent|
|Jemma Green||Independent||Deputy Lord Mayor 2017-|
|James Limnios||Independent||Deputy Lord Mayor 2015-2017|
* The parts of these suburbs north of Newcastle and Summers Streets fall within the City of Vincent. These localities are only partially contained within the City of Perth boundary.
** The parts of these localities were transferred from the City of Subiaco in 2016. These localities are only partially contained within the City of Perth boundary.
The official population of the City of Perth as of 30 June 2015 is 21,092.
The City of Perth is twinned with:
The official population of the City of Perth as of the 30th June 2015, is 21,092.