Council elections are held every four years in Victoria. In the Macedon Ranges, nine councillors are elected in total.
The last election was held in October 2016. The next election will be held on Saturday 24 October 2020.
To find out who the 2020 candidates are, visit: Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)
Under the Local Government Act 2020 (Vic) the Minister for Local Government will determine the voting system to be used for each general election. Votes are counted using the proportional counting system.
Elections are conducted by the VEC in accordance with the Act and the Local Government (Electoral) Regulations 2020.
You must be on the electoral roll if you are 18 or older, an Australian Citizen and have lived in Victoria for at least one month. Enrol by Friday 28 August, 4pm to be eligible for the Council elections in October. To enrol or update your details, visit VEC
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 5422 0352.
The election period (sometimes referred to as the 'caretaker period') begins on the last day that nominations can be received and ends at 6pm on election day.
Our Election Period (Caretaker) Policy ensures that Council business continues throughout this period in a responsible and transparent manner. Please note that this policy has been updated to reflect the provisions and terminology of the Local Government Act 2020. This policy forms part of our Governance Rules.
During the election period, all candidates (including current Councillors) have fair and transparent access to information relevant to their campaigns. As part of this transparency, we will maintain an information request register. This register will be a public document that lists all requests from Councillors and candidates that relate to electoral matters and non-routine requests for information, and the responses provided.
The Information Request Register(PDF, 179KB) will be updated regularly during the election period.
Safe campaigning guidelines
On 31 July 2020, LGV released safe campaigning guidelines for the candidates in this year’s general election. The guidelines provide details on permitted campaign activities, safety for campaign teams, basic hygiene and physical distancing.
For more information on the nomination process, the VEC’s candidate handbook has now been published.
The handbook provides important information on: eligibility and procedures; candidate statements; election campaigning material, voting and results, as well as election compliance and post-election activities.
For the 2020 election, anyone wishing to nominate as a candidate must complete a training session.
Local Government Victoria (LGV) has developed an elearning module for the delivery of mandatory candidate training sessions for the 24 October 2020 elections.
To complete the elearning module, visit LGV's candidate training.
If you have any questions about the mandatory candidate module, see: FAQ for candidates(DOCX, 2MB)
Nominating as a candidate
Persons who have completed the mandatory training and wish to nominate as a candidate must make an appointment to submit a hard copy of their nomination form to the VEC’s Election Manager. Further information about this process was available from the VEC.
Optional information sessions
Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)
VEC candidate information sessions will not be conducted locally in person for the 2020 election. There was a candidate information video presentation available on the VEC website, complemented by three state-wide interactive candidate seminars based on the information session video.
Your Community, Country and Council (YCCC) live forums
Three optional online forums were hosted by Charles Pakana of Connection Matters Radio and VLGA CEO Kathryn Arndt. These sessions were free to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
For more information, visit the VLGA.
Local Women Leading Change sessions
VLGA delivered several Local Women Leading Change candidate sessions during July and August. For more information, visit VLGA.