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Local government elections are due to be held across Victoria during October 2020 in the environment of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020 local council elections will be conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) on Saturday 24 October 2020 and conducted entirely by postal voting. The VEC is the statutory election service provider for these elections, principally under the Local Government Act 2020 (LG Act).

The VEC has established and is implementing an election service plan during this COVID-19 environment to ensure the safety of all participants in the election process and to meet workplace health and safety obligations.

Visit Council's profile page to learn more about the local Council Election.  

 

Are you interested in nominating as a candidate in this year’s Council Elections? 

To learn more about becoming a local candidate, the election timetable and nominating for Moorabool Shire Council visit the VEC website for assistance.

Council is hosting two Mandatory Training & Information Workshops for candidates. The workshops cover the key considerations for candidates which include developing a policy platform, connecting with community and campaigning techniques. Additionally, an overview of the business of local government, the roles of Councils and Councillors, and the electoral system will be provided. The workshops will be held in the Council Chambers and will have a duration of approximately three hours.

Register for the workshops here:

6pm, 13 August 2020: Completed

6pm, 3 September 2020: https://bit.ly/2Z7uTbs

Council is responsible for making important decisions in the best interests of the local community. It is the right and the responsibility of everyone on the electoral roll to vote; elections are your opportunity to have a say about how you would like to be represented in local government, by choosing the candidate who best represents your views.

Mandatory Candidate Training

This year, for the first time, local government candidates are required to complete mandatory training to be eligible to nominate.   Importantly, you must complete the course to nominate for Council.

The training covers vital information you need to know about being a councillor, including understanding a conflict of interest, a code of conduct, and what support is available to help you do the role.

The mandatory course was introduced in the Local Government Act 2020 to ensure candidates understand the role of councillor and the standards they are expected to uphold if elected.  This training is being presented by Local Government Victoria

To learn more about the Mandatory Training visit Local Government Victoria(link is external)

If you’d like to find out more, please call the Governance Department on 5366 7100.

Safe Campaigning

Local Government Victoria has published Safe Campaign Guidelines for the 2020 local council elections.

The guidelines will help candidates understand how to comply with the directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer to stay safe while campaigning. They include advice on permitted campaign activities, safety for campaign teams, basic hygiene, and physical distancing.

Election Period Policy

Moorabool Shire Council has adopted an Election Period Policy which sets out the restrictions, requirements and expectations that apply during the period leading up to an election.

Request a hard copy of the policy by contacting us.

Voting Information

Council elections will elect seven Councillors from four wards; four Councillors from the East Moorabool Ward, one from Central Moorabool Ward, one from Woodlands Ward and one from West Moorabool Ward.

Entitlement to Vote

You can apply to be a council-enrolled voter if you: 

  • pay rates on a property within the council area but do not reside within the council area and were not on the council roll for the most recent election or by-election
  • are not an Australian citizen, but you live in and pay rates for a property in the council area
  • pay rates on a property you occupy within the council area and have no other entitlement to vote in the council’s elections
  • are a director or company secretary of a corporation that pays rates on a property within the council area and have no other entitlement to vote in the council’s elections. 

To check if you are a council-enrolled voter or to apply to enrol, contact Council directly. 

The close of the roll for the 2020 local council elections is 4 pm on Friday 28 August 2020. 

2016 Council Election - Campaign Donation Return

Download a copy of the 2016 Campaign Donation Return Summary (DOCX, 17.76 KB)

2019 Woodlands Ward By-Election - Campaign Donation Return

Download a copy of the 2019 By-Election Campaign Donation Return Summary

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Am I Enrolled to Vote?

    You will be automatically enrolled by your council for this election if you were enrolled as a non-resident owner (you pay rates on a property but don’t live there) at the most recent election for your council. This includes any by-elections held since the last general election. If your circumstances have changed since the most recent election and you are no longer a non-resident owner of that property, you will not be automatically enrolled for this election. 

    Apply to enrol

    You can apply to be a council-enrolled voter if you: 

    • pay rates on a property within the council area but do not reside within the council area and were not on the council roll for the most recent election or by-election
    • are not an Australian citizen, but you live in and pay rates for a property in the council area
    • pay rates on a property you occupy within the council area and have no other entitlement to vote in the council’s elections
    • are a director or company secretary of a corporation that pays rates on a property within the council area and have no other entitlement to vote in the council’s elections. 

    Please contact us if you wish to apply to be enrolled for the 2020 Moorabool Shire Council elections.

  • Do I have to vote?

    Yes. If you are enrolled to vote, then you must vote, unless:

    • You live outside the municipality; or
    • You applied to Council to be on the roll.

    In these cases, you are encouraged to vote in the Moorabool Shire Council elections but won’t be fined if you don’t.

  • Thinking of Standing for Council?

    Being a Councillor expands your ability to influence issues that you care about, and to make a difference in your community. If you are thinking about nominating as a candidate, you must be enrolled to vote in Moorabool Shire Council elections. There are some other requirements and disqualifications to consider – these are explained in more detail on the VEC website.

     

Last Updated:

Thursday, 26 May, 2016 - 10:16