October 2020 local council elections
The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) understands you may have questions about the upcoming 2020 local council elections, which will be conducted by post. Be assured we are taking steps to deliver safe elections to protect our community. We have already conducted several public hearings and information sessions online, and have also enabled online observation of counting activites for other events online. We’ve answered some of the most common questions about the elections below.
Will the local council elections still be held in October?
Yes. The 2020 local council elections are scheduled for October and will be held by post. We are well prepared for these elections. We are working to ensure we can deliver these elections safely during the extraordinary circumstances of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
2020 Local government elections service plan
The VEC's local government elections service plan, released December 2019, outlines the VEC's plan for the conduct of the elections in October 2020.
- 2020 local government elections service plan (PDF, 3.4MB)
- 2020 local government elections service plan (Word, 34.7MB)
What measures has the VEC put in place to protect the health and safety of their staff, voters, candidates and the public?
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we closed our physical office and moved most of our activities online. Our staff are generally working remotely and continue to deliver services online and by email wherever possible.
You can complete most electoral business, including enrolment updates, online.
Until further notice, we’ve postponed our face-to-face education and outreach.
We changed our election services to ensure the safety of voters, candidates, scrutineers and election officials. This includes physical distancing and strict hygiene requirements at all locations and election events.
We conducted several successful public hearings, information sessions and election counts online.
Will candidates be required to nominate in person?
Yes. The Local Government Act 2020 requires candidates to nominate in person. Nominees must make an appointment with their local Election Office. They will need to follow strict physical distancing and hygiene measures when they go to the office.
Will candidates be required to attend candidate training?
Local Government Victoria will determine the nature and delivery of candidate training.