Moorabool Shire Council: Woodlands Ward by-election

Voters in Woodlands Ward in Moorabool Shire Council will vote in a by-election this December.

This will be a postal by-election to elect a new councillor for Woodlands Ward, after the passing of Councillor Pat Toohey on 18 September 2019.

Enrolment for this by-election has closed. If you are correctly enrolled, we will post you a ballot pack between Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 November. Find out more information below.

Voting in this by-election will be by post. We will post you a ballot pack between Tuesday 26 November and Thursday 28 November 2019.

The ballot pack will include:

  • a ballot paper attached to statements and photographs lodged by the candidates in the by-election
  • a ballot paper envelope with a flap
  • a reply paid envelope.

Follow the instructions on the ballot pack and make sure your completed vote is in the mail before 6.00 pm on Friday 13 December 2019.

Who has to vote?

You must vote if you are on the State roll in Woodlands Ward at 4.00 pm on Friday 18 October 2019.

Check if you are on the State roll

If you do not vote, you may be fined.

Who can vote?

We encourage you to vote, but you won’t be fined if you don’t, if you:

  • are 70 years or over
  • live outside Woodlands Ward
  • applied to council to be on the roll.

I have more than one property. Do I get more than one vote?

Each enrolled voter has one vote.

If you own more than one property in Woodlands Ward and you:

  • are on the State roll within the ward, you must vote for that address
  • are not on the State roll within the ward, but you are enrolled directly with council, you can nominate the property you wish to vote for. You have until 4.00 pm on Friday 18 October to nominate a property. If you do not nominate one, the council will choose it for you.

If you will be away

Ballot packs will start to arrive in mail boxes from Wednesday 27 November.

If you will not be at your address to receive your pack call 1300 202 885 to request a replacement ballot pack to be posted to a different address.

Large print or braille ballot packs

Registration for large print or braille ballot packs has now closed.

Please call (03) 8620 1122 if you have any queries.

Candidate handbooks


Scrutineers are people who observe election activities on behalf of a candidate. This includes ballot paper issuing and vote counting.

To find out more about the role and responsibilities of a scrutineer, read the following handbook:

Candidates must name their scrutineers in writing by completing the following form:

Campaign donations

By law, council election candidates must disclose donations and gifts they receive in the lead up to an election. For more information, visit the Local Government Inspectorate’s website:

Enrolment for this by-election closed at 4.00 pm on Friday 18 October 2019.

You are enrolled for this by-election if you:

  • will be 18 years or older on Saturday 14 December 2019
  • live in Woodlands Ward
  • are on the State roll for your current residential address.

Check if you are on the State roll

You may also be enrolled for this by-election if you:

  • have previously applied directly to Moorabool Shire Council or
  • own or pay rates for a property within Woodlands Ward or
  • are a company director or secretary of a company that pays rates in Woodlands Ward.

My address has changed

If you recently moved into Woodlands Ward and did not update your address, you may not be able to vote in this election.

If you recently moved within or out of Woodlands Ward and did not update your address, you will be sent a ballot pack to your last enrolled address. You must vote for that address or risk a fine.

You can request to have a replacement ballot pack sent to a different address by calling 1300 202 885.

Returning Officer

The Returning Officer for this by-election is Mark Taylor.

A Returning Officer is a person appointed to manage council elections and by-elections.

Election office

The election office for this by-election has temporarily closed, and will re-open on Monday 9 December. For any election-related information not covered on this website call 1300 202 885.

Important dates

Wednesday 18 September 2019
Date of vacancy

Friday 18 October 2019
Enrolment closes 4.00 pm

Thursday 7 November 2019
Nominations open

Tuesday 12 November 2019
Nominations close 12 noon

Wednesday 13 November 2019
Last chance to respond to candidate questionnaire, submit candidate statements and photos – 12 noon

Tuesday 26 – Thursday 28 November
Ballot pack mail-out

Friday 13 December 2019
Voting closes 6.00 pm