Local council election statistics

Election statistics for local council elections held across Victoria, including:

  • number of elections conducted
  • overall voter participation rates
  • overall rates of informal voting
  • overall number of candidates.

The following charts compare Victorian local council elections conducted by us since 2000. Each category is broken down by financial year. Council by-elections are not included. For information about by-elections, please contact us.

Number of local council elections

1999-2000 42
2000-2001 3
2001-2002 17
2002-2003 54
2003-2004 0
2004-2005 25
2005-2006 54
2006-2007 0
2007-2008 0
2008-2009 79
2009-2010 0
2010-2011 0
2011-2012 0
2012-2013 78
2013-2014 0
2014-2015 0
2015-2016 0
2016-2017 78
2017-2018 1
2018-2019 0
2019-2020 0
2020-2021 76

Number of postal and attendance elections

Years Postal Attendance Total
1999-2000 37 5 42
2000-2001 3 0 3
2001-2002 15 2 17
2002-2003 47 7 54
2003-2004 0 0 0
2004-2005 22 3 25
2005-2006 48 6 25
2006-2007 0 0 0
2007-2008 0 0 0
2008-2009 70 9 79
2009-2010 0 0 0
2010-2011 0 0 0
2011-2012 0 0 0
2012-2013 70 8 78
2013-2014 0 0 0
2014-2015 0 0 0
2015-2016 0 0 0
2016-2017 72 6 78
2017-2018 1 0 1
2018-2019 0 0 0
2019-2020 0 0 0
2020-2021 76 0 76

Overall voter participation rates

Includes postal and attendance elections.

1999-2000 74.08%
2000-2001 78.48%
2001-2002 72.23%
2002-2003 75.22%
2003-2004 N/A
2004-2005 71.13%
2005-2006 75.19%
2006-2007 N/A
2007-2008 N/A
2008-2009 74.68% (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team)
74.36% (including City of Melbourne leadership team)
2009-2010 N/A
2010-2011 N/A
2011-2012 N/A
2012-2013 70.96% (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team and City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)
70.99% (including City of Melbourne leadership team and City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)

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Overall rates of informal voting

Includes postal and attendance elections.

1999-2000 3.59%
2000-2001 2.58%
2001-2002 3.48%
2002-2003 4.49%
2003-2004 N/A
2004-2005 4.49%
2005-2006 4.84%
2006-2007 N/A
2007-2008 N/A
2008-2009 4.99% (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team)
4.98% (including City of Melbourne leadership team)
2009-2010 N/A
2010-2011 N/A
2011-2012 N/A
2012-2013 5.51% (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team and City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)
5.60% (including City of Melbourne leadership team and City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)

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Overall numbers of candidates (including postal and attendance elections)

1999-2000 925
2000-2001 107
2001-2002 545
2002-2003 1553
2003-2004 N/A
2004-2005 826
2005-2006 1263
2006-2007 N/A
2007-2008 N/A
2008-2009 1953 (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team)
1975 (including City of Melbourne leadership team)
2009-2010 N/A
2010-2011 N/A
2011-2012 N/A
2012-2013 1973 (excluding City of Melbourne leadership team and City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)
2000 (including City of Melbourne leadership team and City of Greater Geelong mayoral candidates)

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