Types of enrolment
In a council election there are two types of enrolment:
If you have more than one enrolment entitlement in one council area, you still only get one vote.
You must be on the State roll for your home address (principal place of residence) if you are:
- an Australian citizen
- 18 years or older
- have lived in Victoria for at least one month.
State-enrolled voters must vote. If you do not vote, you may get a fine.
Council-enrolled voters include people such as ratepayers who qualify to be automatically enrolled by the council, or who apply to council to be enrolled.
It is not compulsory for council-enrolled voters to vote, except in Melbourne City Council.
Council-enrolled voters must be:
- 18 years or older
- not a State-enrolled voter within the council area.
To check if you are a council-enrolled voter, contact your council directly.
You are automatically enrolled by your council for any by-elections if you were enrolled as a non-resident owner (you pay rates on a property but do not live there) at the most recent election for your council. This includes any by-elections.
If your circumstances have changed since the most recent election and you are no longer a non-resident owner of a property, you will not be automatically enrolled for any future by-elections.
People who can apply to enrol
You can apply to be a council-enrolled voter if:
- you pay rates on a property in the ward or council area, but you do not live there and were not on the roll for the most recent election or by-election
- you are not an Australian citizen, but you live in and pay rates for a property in the ward or council area
- you pay rates on a property you occupy within a ward our council area and have no other entitlement to vote in the ward or council
- are a director or company secretary of a corporation that pays rates on a property within a ward or council area and you have no other entitlement to vote in the ward or council area.
To apply to enrol as a council-enrolled voter, contact your council directly.