Council Elections

The Victorian Electoral Commission conducts Victorian State elections, local council elections, certain statutory elections, and commercial and community elections.

The current Council was elected in October 2016 and, under the Local Government Act 1989, is elected for a four-year term. The Summary of Election Campaign Donation Returns is available for download here.

Each Councillor is appointed a portfolio area; some also have delegations to various boards, committees and associations that are listed in their profiles.

The next Council election will be held in October 2020. Voting is compulsory for all residents under 70 years and over the age of 18 (regardless of whether or not they own property). The first two listed non-resident ratepayers on a property rate notice are also eligible to vote though not compulsory.

The 2016 general election was held by postal ballot with a Returning Officer appointed to the Borough to manage the conduct of the election, including candidate nominations and public enquiries at the Council offices.

The Victorian Electoral Commission is now required to carry out compulsory voting enforcement in the Borough. Failure to vote notices will be issued and managed by the Victorian Electoral Commission.