The Minister for Electoral Affairs is a position in the Cabinet of Western Australia, first created in 1990 during the Lawrence Ministry under the title Minister for Parliamentary and Electoral Reform. That title was retained until 1993, when the name Minister for Parliamentary and Electoral Affairs was adopted. The current title was adopted in 2001.
The current Minister for Electoral Affairs is Peter Collier of the Liberal Party, who holds the position as a member of the Barnett Ministry. The minister, who generally holds other portfolios in addition to electoral affairs, is responsible for the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC), the state government agency that conducts elections and referendums in Western Australia. Western Australia is the only Australian jurisdiction to have a separate electoral affairs minister.
Six people have been appointed as Minister for Electoral Affairs or equivalent. Jim McGinty, who served in both the Gallop and Carpenter governments, held the position for the longest period, 7 years and 220 days. Norman Moore was minister in two non-consecutive governments (the Court-Cowan and Barnett governments), with a gap of more than eleven years between terms.
In the table below, members of the Legislative Council are designated "MLC". All others were members of the Legislative Assembly at the time of their service. In Western Australia, serving ministers are entitled to be styled "The Honourable", and may retain the style after three years' service in the ministry.
|Order||Minister||Party||Premier||Title||Term start||Term end||Term in office|
|1||Geoff Gallop||Labor||Lawrence||Minister for Parliamentary and Electoral Reform||19 February 1990||16 February 1993||2 years, 363 days|
|2||Cheryl Edwardes||Liberal||R. Court||Minister for Parliamentary and Electoral Affairs||16 February 1993||10 February 1995||1 year, 359 days|
|3||Norman Moore MLC||10 February 1995||9 January 1997||see below|
|4||Doug Shave||9 January 1997||16 February 2001||4 years, 38 days|
|5||Jim McGinty||Labor||Gallop||Minister for Electoral Affairs||16 February 2001||25 January 2006||7 years, 220 days|
|Carpenter||25 January 2006||23 September 2008|
|(3)||Norman Moore MLC||Liberal||Barnett||23 September 2008||21 March 2013||6 years,|
|6||Peter Collier MLC||21 March 2013||17 December 2018||5 years, 271 days|