Elections and Voting
Northern Grampians Shire Council General Elections
Council elections are held in October every four years; the next election will be in October 2020.
Do I have to vote?
Voting is compulsory at Council elections if you are a resident and enrolled on the voters roll by a set date.
You are encouraged to vote but do not have to vote if you are :
You are already enrolled for this election if you are at least 18 years of age and
You are on the State electoral roll for your present address; or
You own property in the municipality but live in a different municipality, and you are the first or second-named person on the Council’s rate records; or
You have applied to Council to be enrolled in the election.
NOTE : You are only entitled to ONE VOTE in a municipality no matter how many properties you own or occupy in that municipality.
You must apply to the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) to enrol if :
You are an Australian citizen aged 18 years of age or over
You have lived at your present address for at least a month
You are not on the State electoral roll for your present address.
If you are an Australian citizen who lives in Victoria you can check your enrolment details online at vec.vic.gov.au/Enrolment at any time.
If you think you might have a council-administered voting entitlement, contact council staff on 5358 87800. Information on voting entitlements will be made available in the lead up to the 2020 election on the VEC website.
How to enrol
Download an enrolment form from www.vec.gov.au or contact the Victorian Electoral Commission on 13 18 32. Forms are also available from the post office.
You may apply to Council if you are at least 18 years of age and
You are a non-Australian citizen who lives and pays rates in the municipality; or
You pay rates on a property you occupy and have no other voting entitlement in the municipality (eg you are a shop tenant); and are either named on the Council’s rates records to receive the rates notice or have the written consent of the owner to vote in their place; or
You are a director or company secretary of a corporation that pays rates in the municipality and you have no other voting entitlement within the municipality.
If you fit the above criteria you can apply to Council to vote in this election. To do this, you need to complete an enrolment form available from Council’s Rates Department.
How do I vote in a local council election?
Northern Grampians Council elections are conducted by postal voting. All council election information can be found on the Victoria Electoral Commission (VEC) website in the lead up to the 2020 Elections.
Who are my local councillors?
Details about currently elected councillors can be found here.
Election Campaign Donations
The Local Government Act 1989 requires that the Chief Executive Officer publish a summary of Campaign Donation Returns(PDF, 55KB) which details campaign donations/gifts received.