Council Elections

Check out about voting and standing for council in the boxes below:


Kara Kara By-election Enrolment and Entitlement Information

All council elections are conducted by the VEC and are conducted by postal vote.

If you are an Australian citizen who lives in Victoria you can check your enrolment details online at Check my details | Victorian Electoral Commission ( at any time.

Enrol to vote online at or contact the Victorian Electoral Commission on 13 18 32.

Forms are also available from the post office.

For the upcoming Kara Kara By-election, voting enrolment forms (must be received by council before 4pm on Friday 9 September)

The following enrolment forms are made available here for easy access for those who wish to apply to be a council-enrolled voter:

Owner enrolment application(PDF, 126KB) - Sect 242(1)This form can be used by owners who are non-resident citizens. Also, to be used by owner ratepayers who were not entitled to vote at the last Council election in 2016, or by owner ratepayers who have moved out of the Municipality since the 2016 election.

Corporation owner - Appointment of voting representative(PDF, 114KB) - Sect 245(1) To be used where the property is owned by a company.  This form allows for the appointment of either the company secretary or director to vote on behalf of the corporation. 

Corporation occupier - Appointment of voting representative(PDF, 59KB) - Sect 245(2) - To be used where the property is occupied by a company (as a tenant) and is responsible for payment of the rates.  This form allows for the appointment of either the company secretary or director to vote on behalf of the corporation.  

Occupier Ratepayer - Application for enrolment(PDF, 120KB) - Sect 244 (1) and (3) - To be used where the property is occupied by an individual who is responsible for payment of the rates (not an owner).  The occupier must not be enrolled as a resident of the municipality on the State electoral roll. 





Northern Grampians Council elections are conducted by postal voting by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC).   In the lead up to the 5 November 2022 Council Kara Kara By-election, all voting information can be found on the VEC website

Details about currently elected councillors can be found here.


The Local Government Act 2020 requires that the Chief Executive Officer publish a summary of Campaign Donation Returns(PDF, 181KB) to details of any election campaign donations/gifts received.

If you wish to stand as a candidate in this by-election, nominations will:

  • open on Thursday 29 September
  • close at 12 noon on Tuesday 4 October

Information Session

Prospective candidates can attend an information session at 6pm on Tuesday 27 September. This session will be held online using Microsoft Teams.

You can use any of the following devices to participate:

  • any PC or Mac computer
  • any smartphone
  • any tablet device

Register for information session here.

You can join a Microsoft Teams meeting from any device, even if you don't have a Microsoft account. For guidance, visit Microsoft support.

How to nominate

To nominate you must:

  • complete a nomination form
  • complete the Victorian Government's Local Government Candidate Training. This free training takes about an hour to complete and you'll need to show that you've completed it within 2 years of Saturday 5 November when nominating
  • make an appointment to submit your completed nomination form in person with the election manager. The election office is in the Community Room, St Arnaud Town Hall, 14 Napier Street St Arnaud and will open on Wednesday 28 September
  • pay a nomination fee of $250.

Candidate Helper

The Candidate Helper application will be available online from Thursday 15 September to help candidates prepare their nomination and other candidate forms.

Candidate statement and questionnaire

To give voters information about background, qualifications and what candidates stand for they may also provide the following:

  • candidate statement - a statement of up to 300 words
  • candidate questionnaire - responses to questions about your experience and qualifications
  • a photo.

This information will be publicly available.

Candidates statements, photos and questionnaires must be submitted before 12 noon on Wednesday 5 October.

Who can become a candidate?

To learn about the nominations process you can:

read about becoming a local council candidate

download a candidate handbook

Campaign donations

By law, candidates must disclose donations and gifts they receive in the lead up to a by-election. For more information, visit the Local Government Inspectorate's website.