Lisa Scaffidi

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The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Perth
Lisa Scaffidi
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55th Lord Mayor of Perth
Assumed office
October 2007
Deputy James Limnios[1]
Preceded by Peter Nattrass
Personal details
Born (1960-02-12) 12 February 1960 (age 57)
Nationality Australian
Spouse(s) Joe Scaffidi[2]

Lisa Scaffidi (née Sanders) (born 12 February 1960) is the first female lord mayor of Perth, Western Australia. Scaffidi won the seat in the October 2007 council elections following the retirement of her predecessor, Peter Nattrass, after a record twelve years in the position.[3]

Scaffidi was educated at Churchlands Primary School and Methodist Ladies' College after which she graduated as a dental therapist from the Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University). She served as an air hostess with TAA in 1980, worked in the hospitality industry in a marketing capacity and, in the 1990s, helped to promote export of semi-precious stones. She was the WA State Director of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) for over ten years.[4]

She served two terms as a councillor before successfully contesting the lord-mayoralty.[5]

Corruption and Crime Commission[edit]

In October 2015, the Corruption and Crime Commission of Western Australia found that Mrs Scaffidi had "signally failed in her duties" as Lord Mayor by accepting and failing to declare a $31,000 travel package to the 2008 Beijing Olympics from BHP, and other gifts from private companies that have dealings with the City of Perth. The Commission's report found that Mrs Scaffidi had committed acts of "serious misconduct."[6][7][8]

During 2016 Mrs Scaffidi continued to attract controversy while defending herself on social media, by engaging in a personal attack on a journalist and refusing to answer questions publicly. [9] [10]

In May 2017 Western Australia's State Administrative Tribunal ruled that Scaffidi had committed 45 "serious breaches" of local government laws by failing to disclose gifts and overseas travel. The Tribunal has the power to disqualify her from office for up to five years. In the previous month Western Australian Premier, Mark McGowan, called for Mrs Scaffidi to step aside and stated that he would look at the means to sack the Lord Mayor if she didn't resign. He also called on the City of Perth councillors to move a motion of no confidence in the Lord Mayor.[11][12]


  1. ^ Hamlyn, Charlotte (6 April 2017). "Perth City councillors, including Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi, censured over no-confidence vote". ABCNews. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Adshead, Gary (13 August 2009). "Scaffidi family feud sparks forgery claim". The West Australian. Perth, WA. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Laurie, Victoria (26 January 2008). "Getting over the growing pains". The Australian. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Leadership learnings from the Lord Mayor, Lisa-M. Scaffidi". CEDA. Committee for Economic Development of Australia. 29 April 2015. 
  5. ^ King, Madeleine (2 May 2014). "Leading WA women join Perth USAsia Centre Board". University News. Crawley, WA: The University of Western Australia. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Wahlquist, Calla (5 October 2015). "Corruption watchdog says Perth's lord mayor 'failed in duties' over Olympics trip". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  7. ^ Foster, Brendan (15 March 2016). "Who is keeping Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi accountable?". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  8. ^ Titelius, Regina (19 March 2017). "State to probe Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi, City of Perth council". The Sunday Times. Perth, WA. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  9. ^ Foster, Brendan (15 March 2016). "Who is keeping Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi accountable?". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  10. ^ Foster, Brendan (15 March 2016). "Perth Lord Mayor loses cool on Facebook over more alleged undeclared travel". WA Today. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  11. ^ Menagh, Joanna; Kagi, Jacob (9 May 2017). "Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi found by SAT to have breached local government laws". ABC News. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  12. ^ Clarke, Tim (9 May 2017). "Lisa Scaffidi’s future in doubt after guilty finding". The West Australian. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

  • West Weekend Magazine (West Australian newspaper), 27 October 2007. pp. 8–10
  • Benda, Danielle (16 June 2007). "City Slicker". The Sunday Times. Perth, WA. Retrieved 7 April 2017.