The next Council election will be held on Saturday 24 October 2020. Seven Councillors will be elected to form the Council from 2020 until 2024.
Council elections are conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission.
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.
Mandatory Candidate Training
The prescribed (mandatory) 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.
Please note: Council’s Election Period Policy is currently under review to reflect required changes under the Local Government Act 2020. You can have your say on the revised policy here. Submissions are open until Wednesday 12 August, 2020.
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.
Key Election Dates
28 Aug – Voting enrolments close 4pm
17 Sept - Opening of Nominations
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)