Council elections

Overview

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. 

Under the Local Government Act 2020 (Vic) (the Act), 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 Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) in accordance with the Act and the Local Government (Electoral) Regulations 2016.

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, contact the Coordinator Governance via governance@mrsc.vic.gov.au or (03) 5422 0352.

Election period

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.

Key election dates for 2020

Date Event
23 June (format and location tbc)

Candidate information sessions (optional)

Sessions run by the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA)

July (dates and locations tbc)

Candidate training sessions (mandatory)

For the 2020 election it is a new requirement that anyone nominating as a candidate has completed mandatory training. This training will be developed by Local Government Victoria (LGV) and delivered by Council.

September (dates and locations tbc)

Candidate information sessions (optional)  

Sessions run by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)
28 August 

Entitlement date

People must be on the State or local council roll by 4pm on this date to be eligible to vote at the election.
22 September 

Close of nominations

Anyone wishing to stand as a candidate must be nominated by 12 noon.
6–8 October 

Ballot packs are distributed

Ballot packs are distributed by post to every enrolled person in a random order over three days. 
23 October 

Close of voting

Ballot papers must be in the mail or in the hands of the Returning Officer by 6pm. 

Candidate sessions

Information sessions

Are you thinking about running for Council? We are hosting optional online candidate information sessions that will be delivered by the Victorian Local Governance Association on Tuesday 23 June, at 10am and 2.30pm.

The sessions will cover topics such as the roles of councils and councillors, how local government works, how to develop an election platform, and campaigning. 

The VEC will also be delivering optional candidate information sessions in September prior to the closing of nominations on Tuesday 22 September. Dates, times and delivery method to be advised.

Training sessions

Local Government Victoria will be developing mandatory candidate training sessions that will be delivered by Council in July.

For the 2020 election, anyone wishing to nominate as a candidate must complete a training session. Dates, times and delivery method to be advised. 

Campaign donations

Within 40 days after election day, all candidates must submit an election campaign donation return to the Chief Executive Officer. A summary of the 2016 general election returns is listed below.

Election campaign donation returns are also available for inspection at the Kyneton Administration Centre during normal office hours for a period of four years from the date of receipt.

Candidate

Declaration

Gift made by

Value of gift(s)

Deborah Alford-Kerr no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
John Amenta no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Jennifer Anderson no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Randall Bick no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Henry Bleeck no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Jamie Byron no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Andrew Dodds no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Ian Ellis no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Donna Fisk no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Natasha Gayfer no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Graham Hackett no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Paul Hosking no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Roger Jukes no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
John Letchford no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Mandi Mees gift/s disclosed G Davies $255
K Clifford $50
I Webb $100
Dicksonia Rare Plants $50
IGA $40
D Fitt $200
S Hodson $75
Macedon Ranges Permaculture $180
Macedon Ranges Gardening Services $440
Olive Jones $100
Macedon Railway Hotel $100
Roads Australlia $160
N Fitzgerald $200
Russell Mowatt no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Geoffrey Neil no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Damien Parolin no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Janet Pearce no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Helen Radnedge gift/s disclosed I Perkin $300
B Overall $300
A Gauci $250
B Hedge $100
Hilary Roberts no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Nicole Rowan gift/s disclosed Australian Greens Victoria $1674.57
N Barker $100
Various unknown $60
Ron Rutledge no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Luke Spielvogel no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Rosie Torr gift/s disclosed Australia Greens Victoria $868.98
Australia Greens Macedon Branch $169
Andrew Twaits no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Bill West no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a