Swan Hill Rural City Council, Murray-Mallee and Robinvale Wards by-elections

By-elections for Murray-Mallee and Robinvale Wards will be held in March 2019. These will be conducted entirely by postal voting.

Enrolment for these by-elections has now closed. If you were correctly enrolled by 4.00 pm on Friday 1 February 2019 the VEC will send you a ballot pack between Tuesday 12 March and Thursday 14 March.

Completed ballot material must be posted before 6.00 pm on Friday 29 March 2019. You can also hand deliver it to the Returning Officer from Monday 25 March 2019.

Important dates

Friday 20 December 2018 Date of vacancy (Murray-Mallee Ward)
Monday 14 January 2019 Date of vacancy (Robinvale Ward)
Friday 1 February 2019 Enrolment closes 4.00 pm
Thursday 21 February 2019 Nominations open
Tuesday 26 February 2019 Nominations close 12 noon
Wednesday 27 February 2019 Last chance to respond to candidate questionnaire, lodge candidate statements and photos, 12 noon
Tuesday 12 March – Thursday 14 March 2019 Mail-out of ballot packs
Friday 29 March 2019 Voting closes 6.00 pm

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Election office

The election office will open on weekdays during the following periods:

  • Wednesday 20 February 2019 – Friday 1 March 2019
  • Monday 25 March 2019 – Friday 29 March 2019

Address and opening hours will be available closer to the opening date.

This by-election will be conducted entirely by post. The VEC will post ballot packs between Tuesday 12 March and Thursday 14 March 2019 to all voters enrolled in Murray-Mallee and Robinvale Wards.

Follow the instructions in the ballot pack so that your completed ballot material is in the mail before 6.00 pm on Friday 29 March 2019.

Voting is compulsory

Voting is compulsory for voters listed on the State roll for this by-election at 4.00 pm on Friday 1 February 2019.

Enrolled residents may be fined if they do not vote. This includes homeowners and tenants.

You are encouraged to vote (but won’t be fined if you don’t) if you:

  • are aged 70 years or over
  • live outside Murray-Mallee or Robinvale Wards
  • applied to Council to be on the roll.

If you will be away

If you will be away when ballot packs are mailed (after 12 March) or your mailing address will change after 1 February, you can apply for your ballot pack to be redirected.


  • faxed to (03) 9620 1568
  • scanned and emailed to redirections@vec.vic.gov.au
  • mailed to:
    Returning Officer
    Swan Hill Rural City Council 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 21 February 2019.

I have multiple properties—do I get multiple votes?

Each enrolled voter has one vote for the the Murray-Mallee or Robinvale Wards by-elections.

If own more than one property in Murray-Mallee or Robinvale Wards and you:

  • are on the State electoral roll within the ward, it is compulsory to vote for that address
  • are not on the State electoral within the ward, but you are enrolled directly with Council, you can nominate which property you wish to vote for. If you did not nominate a property before 4.00 pm on Friday 1 February, the Council will choose one for you.

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 for voters

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 20 February 2019. Late registrations cannot be accepted.



  • open on Thursday 21 February 2019
  • close at 12 noon on Tuesday 26 February 2019.

Candidate information sessions

The VEC will be holding information sessions for prospective candidates.


7.00 pm Monday 18 February 2019
Robinvale Resource Centre
72 Herbert Street, Robinvale

Swan Hill

7.00 pm Tuesday 19 February 2019
Swan Hill Town Hall, Meeting Room 1
McCallum Street, Swan Hill

Candidate Information Kits containing nomination forms and other election information including Election Campaign Donation Returns - Guidance material will be available at these sessions.

How to nominate

The Candidate Helper is now available to allow prospective candidates to pre-fill a nomination form before lodging it with the Returning Officer.

Once completed, print the form and lodge it in person with the Returning Officer along with the $250 nomination fee.

Important: your completed nomination form must be signed in front of the Returning Officer.

The nomination fee must be in cash or a bank, building society or credit union cheque (personal cheques cannot be accepted).

Please note that nominations cannot be submitted before Thursday 21 February.

You should also use the candidate helper to fill out the:

  • Candidate statement – your candidate statement of up to 200 words
  • Candidate questionnaire – responses to the questionnaire will provide information to voters about the background and qualifications of each candidate, and will be publicly available.

Your candidate statement and questionnaire must be lodged in person with the Returning Officer. Lodgment opens at 9.00 am Thursday 21 February and closes 12 noon Wednesday 27 February.

More information

Find out more about the nomination process:

Enrolment for the by-elections has now closed

You are enrolled for these by-elections if:

  • you will be 18 years of age or over on Saturday 30 March 2019, and
  • you live in Murray-Mallee or Robinvale Wards, and
  • you are on the State electoral roll for your present address.

You may also be enrolled to vote for these by-elections if you have previously applied directly to Swan Hill Rural City Council, or if you own or pay rates for a property or corporation within Murray-Mallee or Robinvale Wards.

If you recently moved into Murray-Mallee or Robinvale Wards and did not update your address details before Friday 1 February you may not be able to vote in this election.

If you recently moved within or moved out of Murray-Mallee or Robinvale Wards and did not update your address details before Friday 1 February you will be sent a ballot pack for your previous address. You must vote for your old address or risk a fine.