Council elections will be held in October 2020 and will elect seven councillors to form the Council from 2020 until 2024.
Are you interested in nominating as a candidate in this year’s Council Elections?
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: https://bit.ly/31UH3GD
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.
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.
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
There are five categories of people who are entitled to vote in Council elections:
Everyone who has enrolled to vote in State and Federal elections is automatically enrolled to vote in the Council elections where they live. This includes Australian citizens aged 18 and over who have lived at their current address for at least one month. Voting is compulsory for this category of voter.
Owners of property who are listed on Council’s rate records as not living at their property will automatically be included on the voters’ roll; however only two owners can be enrolled per property. People in this category are encouraged to vote, but won’t be fined if they do not vote.
Non-citizen resident ratepayers
People who are not Australian citizens, but own and reside in a property in Moorabool Shire, and are aged 18 or over, can apply to be enrolled on the voters’ roll. Up to two owners per property may apply. People in this category can apply to Council to be included on the roll and are encouraged to vote, but it is not compulsory.
Up to two occupiers of a property may apply to be enrolled in place of the owners if they pay the rates and have written agreement from the owners, or if the Council rates notice is addressed to them. Occupiers of shops and commercial industrial properties are encouraged to be enrolled and vote (provided the above applies) but it is not compulsory.
A corporation which owns or occupies a property in the municipality and which pays rates, may appoint a director or company secretary to represent it on the voters’ roll. The person it appoints cannot be otherwise eligible to vote in the municipality.
A person can only have one vote in the Moorabool Council elections, irrespective of how many properties they own or occupy within the municipality.
The 2020 elections for all Victorian councils will be conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC). Further information about elections is available on the VEC’s website.
2016 Council Election - Campaign Donation Return
Download a copy of the 2016 Campaign Donation Return Summary (DOCX, 17.76 KB)