Candidates per vacancy statistics

A breakdown of candidates per vacancy for local council elections held across Victoria.

The following charts compare the average numbers of candidates per vacancy in Victorian local council elections. Each rate is the average rate for all councils holding elections in that financial year. Only elections conducted by the VEC since 2000 are included. By-elections have not been included. For information about by-elections, please contact the VEC.

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Average numbers of candidates per vacancy in all types of election

1999-2000 2.99
2000-2001 3.82
2001-2002 3.81
2002-2003 3.77
2003-2004N/A
2004-2005 3.97
2005-2006 2.96
2006-2007N/A
2007-2008N/A
2008-2009 3.10 (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team)
3.68 (including City of Melbourne leadership team)
2009-2010N/A
2010-2011N/A
2011-2012N/A
2012-2013 3.14 (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team and City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)
3.16 (including City of Melbourne leadership team and City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)

Average numbers of candidates per vacancy in postal elections

1999-2000 2.96
2000-2001 3.82
2001-2002 3.90
2002-2003 3.41
2003-2004N/A
2004-2005 4.12
2005-2006 2.71
2006-2007N/A
2007-2008N/A
2008-2009 3.63 (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team)
3.65 (including City of Melbourne leadership team)
2009-2010N/A
2010-2011N/A
2011-2012N/A
2012-2013 3.06 (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team and City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)
3.08 (including City of Melbourne leadership team and City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)

Average numbers of candidates per vacancy in attendance elections

1999-2000 3.22
2000-2001N/A
2001-2002 3.18
2002-2003 5.93
2003-2004N/A
2004-2005 2.96
2005-2006 4.57
2006-2007N/A
2007-2008N/A
2008-2009 4.21
2009-2010N/A
2010-2011N/A
2011-2012N/A
2012-20133.76

Average numbers of candidates per vacancy in regional and outer metropolitan municipalities

1999-2000 2.29
2000-2001 3.82
2001-2002 2.26
2002-2003 2.54
2003-2004N/A
2004-2005 2.40
2005-2006 2.12
2006-2007N/A
2007-2008N/A
2008-2009 2.40
2009-2010N/A
2010-2011N/A
2011-2012N/A
2012-2013 2.75 (excluding City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)
2.76 (including City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)

Average numbers of candidates per vacancy in metropolitan municipalities

1999-2000 4.02
2000-2001N/A
2001-2002 5.90
2002-2003 5.89
2003-2004N/A
2004-2005 6.16
2005-2006 4.36
2006-2007N/A
2007-2008N/A
2008-2009 4.24 (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team)
4.23 (including City of Melbourne leadership team)
2009-2010N/A
2010-2011N/A
2011-2012N/A
2012-2013 4.15 (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team)
4.20 (including City of Melbourne leadership team)