Enrol now for the South Gippsland Shire Council election

Monday 2 August 2021

For immediate release

A general election will be held by post this October for South Gippsland Shire Council.

Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately issued a call to South Gippsland Shire Council residents and ratepayers to be ready to have their say.

'Make sure you're enrolled correctly by the close of roll, which is 4 pm on Friday 27 August. As this is a postal election, it's important to check your address details are correct - this includes any alternative postal address,' Mr Gately said.

'If you're an Australian citizen and you've recently turned 18 or have moved into South Gippsland Shire Council and you haven't enrolled, or you have moved within the council area and haven't updated your address, or if you've just closed your post office box with Australia Post, you can enrol or update your details online at vec.vic.gov.au/enrolment.'

Non-Australian citizens who occupy and pay rates on a property in South Gippsland Shire, people living outside South Gippsland Shire who pay rates for a property they own within the council, or a representative of a company or business operating in South Gippsland Shire can apply to the Council to enrol by calling (03) 5662 9200. Non-resident owners who were enrolled at the most recent election for South Gippsland Shire Council will be automatically enrolled. Applications close at 4 pm on Friday 27 August.

'Voting in local council elections is compulsory if you're a State-enrolled voter, and we encourage council-enrolled voters to vote.

'Your local council makes important decisions about your community facilities, services and local business community, so it's important to have your say by voting in this election,' Mr Gately added.

Voters who will be away during the election period can have their ballot pack redirected to an address of their choice by making a request in writing by Thursday 16 September.

More information is available by calling 131 832 or at vec.vic.gov.au, where State-enrolled voters can also sign up to the free VoterAlert service to receive important election reminders by SMS and email.

Timeline for South Gippsland Shire Council general election

4 pm Friday 27 August – Close of roll Voters must be on the voters’ roll by this date to vote at the election.
9 am Thursday 16 September – Nominations open Candidates must nominate with the Election Manager.
12 noon Tuesday 21 September – Close of nominations and ballot draw Candidates must nominate by 12 noon. The ballot draw occurs after this.
Tuesday 5 October to Thursday 7 October – Ballot packs are distributed Ballot packs distributed via post to every person on the voters’ roll.
6 pm Friday 22 October – Close of voting Ballot papers must be in the mail or hand delivered to the Election Office by 6 pm.
Saturday 23 October – Election Day The day prescribed as Election Day.
12 noon Friday 29 October – Final day for receipt of mailed postal votes Postal votes must be received by 12 noon. The Election Manager will include ballot material if satisfied it was signed by the voter before 6 pm on Friday 22 October (close of voting).
Friday 5 November – Latest date all results will be declared The VEC publishes the election results on the VEC website by this date.