Melbourne City Council, Lord Mayor by-election

Final results are now available for the Lord Mayor by-election.

If you were required to vote in this by-election and you did not vote, you will receive an ‘apparent failure to vote’ notice, asking for your explanation. You should wait until you receive this written request and reply in writing on the form provided.

Important dates

Monday 5 February 2018 Date of vacancy
Friday 16 March 2018 Enrolment closes 4.00 pm
Thursday 5 April 2018 Nominations open
Tuesday 10 April 2018 Nominations have closed
Wednesday 11 April 2018 Last chance to lodge candidate statements and photos, 12 noon
Monday 16 April 2018 Last chance to respond to candidate questionnaire
Monday 23 April – Thursday 26 April 2018 Mail-out of ballot packs
Friday 11 May 2018 Voting closes 6.00 pm

Returning Officer

The Returning Officer for the Melbourne City Council Lord Mayor by-election is Bill Lang.

Voting has now closed for the Melbourne Lord Mayor by-election.

What if I didn't vote

Voting was compulsory for everyone under the age of 70 enrolled on the Melbourne City Council voters roll.

If you were required to vote in this by-election and you did not vote, you will receive an ‘apparent failure to vote’ notice, asking for your explanation. You should wait until you receive this written request and reply in writing on the form provided.

Enrolment for this by-election has now closed.

You are enrolled for this by-election if:

  • you will be 18 years of age or over, and
  • you live within the City of Melbourne, and
  • you are on the State electoral roll for your current address.

You may also be enrolled to vote for this by-election if you have previously applied directly to Melbourne City Council, or if you own or pay rates for a property or corporation within the Council area.

If you recently moved into the City of Melbourne and did not update your address details before Friday 16 March you cannot vote in this by-election.

If you recently moved within or moved out of the City of Melbourne and did not update your address details before Friday 16 March, you will be sent a ballot pack for your previous address. You must vote for your previous City of Melbourne address or risk a fine.