Council Elections 2020

In Victoria, general council elections are held every four years and it is compulsory to vote.

The conduct of council elections is regulated by the Local Government Act 2020 and the Local Government (Electoral) Regulations 2020.

The next general council election is scheduled for Saturday, 24 October 2020. The election will be via postal ballot with ballot papers being distributed from 6-8 October to enrolled persons.   

General council elections are managed by the Victorian Electoral Commission

Voting

To enrol to vote or to update your enrolment details visit the Victorian Electoral Commission website.

For information on the election process and candidates, visit here.

Ballot Packs

Enrolled voters are advised that their ballot packs were mailed the week of Monday 5 October.

With the election conducted by post, voters are encouraged to vote as early as possible to ensure their vote counts.

Ballot papers must be in the mail or hand-delivered to the Election Manager by 6pm Friday 23 October. Voters are advised to check their mail clearance times.

Voters who haven’t received their ballot pack by Friday 16 October should call 1300 115 601 during business hours to arrange a replacement.

Election Offices

Election offices are open on weekdays from 9am to 5pm until Wednesday 21 October 2020, with extended hours on:

  • Thursday 22 October 2020 - 9am to 8pm
  • Friday 23 October 2020 - 9am to 6pm

Election Manager and office location:

Steve Wilson
1300 115 601
4 Mellish Street (the old gym)
Beechworth

Safe campaigning guidelines

Local Government Victoria has released new guidelines to assist candidates with safe campaigning. 

This includes advice on permitted campaign activities, safety for campaign teams, basic hygiene and physical distancing.

Caretaker arrangements 

Similar to the practice with federal and state government elections, Victorian councils observe special arrangements during the period leading up to a general council election. These are commonly referred to as ‘caretaker arrangements’ and they apply during the ‘election period’.

The special caretaker arrangements that apply to Victorian councils broadly aim to avoid the use of public resources in a way that may unduly affect the election result. They also minimise councils making certain types of decisions that may unduly limit the decision-making ability of the incoming council.

Key dates

  • Close of roll - 4pm Friday 28 August
  • Close of nominations - 12 noon Tuesday 22 Septemer
  • Mailout of ballot packs - Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 October
  • Close of voting - 6pm Friday 23 October