This by-election will be conducted entirely by post. Ballot packs will be posted between Monday 23 April and Thursday 26 April 2018 to all voters enrolled in City of Melbourne.
Follow the instructions in the ballot pack so that your completed ballot material is in the mail before 6.00 pm on Friday 11 May 2018.
Voting is compulsory
Voting is compulsory for everyone under the age of 70 (including non-Australian citizens and corporation voting representatives) enrolled on the Melbourne City Council voters roll at 4.00 pm on Friday 16 March 2018.
If you are enrolled and you fail to vote, you may be fined.
I’m not an Australian citizen—do I get to vote?
If you are not an Australian citizen and you live within the City of Melbourne you may be entitled to enrol and vote for this election.
To enrol under this category, you must contact Melbourne City Council on 1300 735 427 (or +61 3 9658 9318 from overseas) for a council enrolment form.
If you are enrolled you must vote or risk a fine. Contact Melbourne City Council on 1300 735 427 (or +61 3 9658 9318 from overseas) to check your enrolment status.
If you will be away
Ballot packs will be mailed between Monday 23 April and Thursday 26 April and voting closes 6.00 pm Friday 11 May. If you will be away when ballot packs are mailed, or your address on the Melbourne City Council roll has changed since Friday 16 March, you can apply for your ballot pack to be redirected. Download the Redirection of Ballot Pack form.
Completed applications can be:
- faxed to (03) 9620 1568
- scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- mailed to:
- Returning Officer
Melbourne City Council Lord Mayor by-election
c/- Victorian Electoral Commission
Level 11, 530 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Requests for redirection must be received by 5.00 pm Thursday 5 April 2018.
I have multiple properties—do I get multiple votes?
Each voter has one vote for the Melbourne City Council Lord Mayor by-election.
If you’re not listed on the State electoral roll as living within the Melbourne City Council area, but you own multiple properties within the Council area, you have until Friday 16 March to nominate to Council the property for which you wish to vote. If you don’t nominate a property, Council will choose one for you.
Corporations that solely own or occupy rateable property within the City of Melbourne are entitled to two votes per corporation.
Assistance for voters with a physical, sensory or cognitive impairment
There are a number of different types of assistance available for voters.
Find out about assistance
Can I have a large print or braille ballot material?
If you are blind or have low vision, and have not already registered, you can register to receive either large print or braille ballot material. To register, please call (03) 8620 1122 by Wednesday 28 March 2018. Late registrations cannot be accepted.