The Councillor Candidate Information Fact Sheet provides key information for candidates including, but not limited to: election timeline, requirements, induction program, and benefits and entitlements. You can also learn more by reading the Candidate Handbook on the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) website and the Safe Campaign Guidelines.
Required Candidate Training
The prescribed (required) candidate training will be delivered via an eLearning module, facilitated by Local Government Victoria. Local Government Victoria have advised the training will be available from early August 2020. The training must be completed before a candidate nominates.
The Election Period commences on Tuesday 22 September, 2020 and concludes at 6pm, Saturday 24 October, 2020.
Council has an Election Period Policy in place to ensure that the ordinary business of Council can continue throughout the election period in a responsible and transparent manner.
The Golden Plains Shire Council elections will be held by postal ballot. Ballot packs will be mailed out by the Victorian Electoral Commission to all registered voters from 6 October, 2020.
If you are 18 years or over on election day, and live, or are a ratepayer in, the Golden Plains Shire, you are eligible to vote. In order to vote at the elections you must be correctly enrolled on the Council voter role by 4pm, Friday 28 August, 2020.
To enroll, check or update your voting information, please visit Victorian Electoral Commission.
Information on Candidates
The VEC has provided a short video outlining how you can find information on candidates, including where they stand on various issues that you may care about.
Key Election Dates
28 Aug – Voting enrolments close 4pm
16 Sept - Requests for large print or braille ballot pack close
17 Sept - Opening of Nominations. Requests for ballot pack redirection close
22 Sept - Election Period Commences. Candidate nominations close 12pm
6 Oct – Ballot Packs mailed out
23 Oct – Voting closes
24 Oct – Election Day. Election Period concludes.
13 Nov – Declaration of Results (Note: Results may be declared prior to this date)
Campaign Donation Returns
Within 40 days of election day, all candidates must give the Chief Executive Officer an election campaign donation return. The due date for the 2020 Election is 3 December 2020.
This will provide details of any gifts, goods or services worth $500 or more, received during the donation period for use in connection with their election campaign. This applies to all candidates, whether elected or not, and whether they received campaign donations or not.
The ‘donation period’ is defined as the period beginning 30 days after election day in the previous election and ending 30 days after election day in the current election.
Within 14 days after the deadline for lodgement of completed campaign donation returns by candidates, summaries of each return lodged will be made available on the relevant council’s website for a period up until the entitlement date for the next general election.
Summary of Returns - 2020 General Elections
Campaign Donation Return Received
Donor, Description and Value of Gift
|Clayton Whitfield||Yes||No disclosable gifts|
|Gavin Gamble||Yes||Australian Greens, Victoria - Campaign Spend $3,936.38|
|Brett Cunningham||Yes||No disclosable gifts|
|Tim Harrop||Yes||No disclosable gifts|
|Owen Sharkey||Yes||No disclosable gifts|
|Ian Getsom||Yes||No disclosable gifts|
|Andrea Mahon||Yes||No disclosable gifts|
|Les Rowe||Yes||No disclosable gifts|
|Nathan Hansford||Yes||No disclosable gifts|
|Joanne Gilbert||Yes||No disclosable gifts|
|Helena Kirby||Yes||No disclosable gifts|
|Greg Nyary||Yes||No disclosable gifts|
Elaine Steele - Cash $100
Peta Steele - Photographs $200
Sophie Van Gunsteren - Pamphlet Layout $120