Voting is compulsory for residents who are on the voters' roll for local Council elections. Residents who fail to vote without an adequate reason will be fined. Only non-resident voters, non-Australian citizens and voters aged 70 years or over are not obliged to vote at local Council elections.
The next local government elections will be held in 2020.
At local council elections you elect people to represent you on your council. The number of councillors you elect and the municipality's electoral structure are determined by the Minister for Local Government.
Voting is important as the councillors you elect make decisions on a range of local issues. Their responsibilities include:
- Service Delivery
- Representation on behalf of constituents
- Advocacy for other levels of government
- Policy Development
- Law making and enforcement
- Planning and monitoring achievement
For more information on Local Government elections, including information in other languages, visit the Victorian Electoral Commission website or call 13 18 32.
For information about State elections:
- Visit the Victorian Electoral Commission website
For more information about Federal elections:
- Visit the Australian Electoral Commission website
Summary of election campaign donation returns 2016
Information Request Register
The Information Request Register is a public document that records all requests relating to electoral matters and non routine requests for information from all candidates in an election, and the responses to such requests.
In the 2016 election ‘caretaker’ period, no requests for information were received from candidates.