Local Government Elections 2016: Your Council, Your Vote

Council Elections will be held across Victoria in October 2016.

Council elections will be held across Victoria in October 2016 *.

General elections are held every four years and local councillors make decisions on a range of issues, including:

  • maternal health and child care
  • sporting and recreation facilities
  • libraries and community centres
  • animal registrations
  • rubbish and recycling
  • planning and building regulations
  • local roads and footpaths.

Make sure your voice is heard this October.

The VEC strongly encourages all eligible voters to vote at the 2016 council elections—in fact, compulsory voting provisions apply and you may be fined if you don’t vote.

Am I enrolled to vote?

If you are an Australian citizen who lives in Victoria you can check your enrolment details online at vec.vic.gov.au/Enrolment at any time.

If you think you might have a council-administered voting entitlement, contact that local council.

How do I enrol?

Complete an enrolment form online at vec.vic.gov.au/Enrolment, or pick one up at any post office or Australian Electoral Commission office and return it to the Victorian Electoral Commission by 4.00 pm on Friday 26 August 2016.

To enrol for a council-administered voting entitlement, contact that local council.

How do I vote in a local council election?

Local council elections can be conducted by postal voting or attendance voting. Each council chooses the method that will be used for its elections. The method of voting is noted in all advertising and will be clearly identified at vec.vic.gov.au as early as possible.

Who are my local councillors?

Details about currently elected councillors can be found here.

Want to stand as a candidate?

Nominations open for council elections on Thursday 15 September and close at 12 noon on Tuesday 20 September.

See our becoming a council election candidate page.

What is the timeline for local council elections?

Time Event
4.00 pm on Friday 26 August 2016 (57 days before election day) Entitlement date

People must be on the State or local council roll by this date to be eligible to vote at the election.
12 noon on Tuesday 20 September 2016 (32 days before election day) Close of nominations

Anyone wishing to stand as a candidate must be nominated by 12 noon, 32 days before election day.
Between Tuesday 4 and Thursday 6 October 2016 (17-19 days before election day) Ballot packs are distributed (postal elections)

Ballot packs are distributed via post to every enrolled person in a random order over three days. No more than 35% of the ballot packs can be distributed on any one day.
6.00 pm on Friday 21 October 2016 (1 day before election day) Close of voting (postal elections) and last day for early voting (attendance elections)

In postal elections, ballot papers must be mailed or hand-delivered to the VEC by 6.00 pm on the day before election day for the vote to count.
Saturday 22 October 2016 (Election day) In attendance elections, voters cast their votes on this day. This day must be the fourth Saturday in October.

There is no voting on election day for elections being held entirely by postal voting.

Variations to this timeline apply for City of Melbourne council elections.

In the lead up to October, keep any eye out for information in your local press or that will arrive at your postal address with instructions on how to vote in your local council election.

* Greater Geelong City Council will not have a general election in October 2016. The next general election for Greater Geelong City Council will be October 2017.

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