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 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 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 governance@mrsc.vic.gov.au or call (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. Please note that this policy is currently being updated to reflect the provisions and terminology of the Local Government Act 2020. The policy revisions are minor and will be considered for adoption at the 26 August 2020 Ordinary Council Meeting. Check back after this date to refer to the updated version of the policy.

If you wish to have your say on the revised policy, see: Have Your say  Submissions are open until Tuesday 11 August.

Key election dates for 2020

Date Event
 July - September 

Mandatory candidate training

Anyone wishing to run as a candidate in the 24 October 2020 general election must complete the e-learning module developed by Local Government Victoria (LGV). More information will be provided once it's published by LGV.

 August

Local Women Leading Change candidate sessions (optional)

Various online sessions run by the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) for women interested in nominating as a candidate.

Friday 7 August,
1pm–3pm

'Stand for Council' information session (optional)

Online session run by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV).

Saturday 8 August, 10am–12pm 

VLGA Candidate Information & Q&A Session (optional)

Online session run by the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) on the basics of local government and election candidacy.

Wednesday 12 August,
10.30am–11.30am 

Your Community, Country and Council (YCCC) online forums (optional)

Charles Pakana of Connection Matters Radio and VLGA CEO Kathryn Arndt will be hosting online forums free to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Friday 14 August, 6pm–8pm

VLGA Candidate Information & Q&A Session (optional)

Online session run by the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) on the basics of local government and election candidacy.

 Wednesday 19 August,
10.30am–11.30am

Your Community, Country and Council (YCCC) online forums (optional)

Charles Pakana of Connection Matters Radio and VLGA CEO Kathryn Arndt will be hosting online forums free to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Monday 24 August, 10am–12pm

VLGA Information & Q&A Session (optional)

Online session run by the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) on the basics of local government and election candidacy.

Friday 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.
 September (dates TBC)

Candidate information sessions (optional)

Sessions run by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)

Tuesday 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. 
Friday 23 October 

Close of voting

Ballot papers must be in the mail or in the hands of the Election Manager by 6pm. 

Candidate sessions and training

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.

Mandatory training

For the 2020 election, anyone wishing to nominate as a candidate must complete a training session.

Local Government Victoria (LGV) is developing an e-learning module for the delivery of mandatory candidate training sessions for the 24 October 2020 elections. More information will be provided once it's published by LGV.

Optional information sessions

Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)

'Stand for Council' - an online candidate information session will be held by the MAV on Friday 7 August, 1pm–3pm.

This session will discuss:

  • the role and purpose of local government  
  • the new Local Government Act 2020 
  • your council and information on the municipal area
  • roles, responsibilities and expectations of a councillor
  • the experience of being a councillor 
  • the electoral process and campaigning including key dates and information provided by the VEC. 

 Our CEO Margot Stork will present along with visiting CEO, Tom O'Reilly from Gannawarra Shire.

Register to attend the online session.

Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA)

An optional online candidate information session was delivered by the Victorian Local Governance Association on Tuesday 23 June. The session covered topics such as the roles of councils and councillors, how local government works, how to develop an election platform, and campaigning. 

Additional sessions will be held on:

  • Saturday 8 August, 10am–12pm
  • Friday 14 August, 6pm–8pm
  • Monday 24 August, 10am–12pm

For more information and to register, visit VLGA.

Your Community, Country and Council (YCCC) live forums

Three optional online forums will be hosted by Charles Pakana of Connection Matters Radio and VLGA CEO Kathryn Arndt. These sessions are free to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • Wednesday 5 August, 10.30am–11.30am: Roles, skills and preparation with Steve Cooper
  • Wednesday 12 August, 10.30am–11.30am: The media and social media with Shahni Wellington
  • Wednesday 19 August, 10.30am–11.30am: Candidacy and community engagement with Georgia Comarty

For more information and to register, visit the VLGA.

Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)

VEC candidate information sessions will not be conducted locally in person for the 2020 election. The information session will be recorded and streamed from the VEC website, complemented by three state-wide interactive candidate seminars based on the information session video. More information will be provided once it's published by the VEC.

Local Women Leading Change sessions

VLGA are delivering several Local Women Leading Change candidate sessions during July and August. For more information and to register, visit VLGA.

Candidate handbook 

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. 

Campaign donations from 2016 general election

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

K Clifford

I Webb

Dicksonia Rare Plants

IGA

D Fitt

S Hodson

Macedon Ranges Permaculture

Macedon Ranges Gardening Services

Olive Jones

Macedon Railway Hotel

Roads Australia

N Fitzgerald

$255

$50

$100

$50

$40

$200

$75

$180

$440

$100

$100

$160

$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

B Overall

A Gauci

B Hedge

$300

$300

$250

$100

Hilary Roberts no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Nicole Rowan gift/s disclosed

Australian Greens Victoria

N Barker

Various unknown

$1674.57

$100

$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

Australia Greens Macedon Branch

$868.98

$169



Andrew Twaits no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a
Bill West no gift/s disclosed n/a n/a