Northern Grampians Shire Council electoral structure review

An electoral representation advisory panel is reviewing the electoral structure of Northern Grampians Shire Council and the preliminary report can be viewed here.

A public hearing was held on Wednesday 12 April for those who had requested to speak in support of their submission.

The panel made its final recommendation to the Minister for Local Government on Tuesday 9 May. Further information on the review can be found here.


The Local Government Act 2020 (the Act) introduced several changes, including to the electoral structures local councils must have. Throughout 2023–24, 39 Victorian local councils will undergo electoral structure or ward boundary reviews to ensure they comply with the Act.

Northern Grampians Shire Council is currently being reviewed by an independent electoral representation advisory panel, with administrative and technical support from the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC). The panel will consider if the council:

  • has an appropriate number of councillors
  • should be one large unsubdivided area, or
  • should be subdivided into wards.

The key dates for the review are below:

Public information sessions (online)

Monday 23 January 2023, 12pm
Tuesday 24 January 2023, 6pm

Preliminary submissions open

Wednesday 25 January 2023 

Deadline for preliminary submissions

Wednesday 15 February 2023, 5pm

Release of preliminary report

Wednesday 15 March 2023

Deadline for response submissions

Wednesday 5 April 2023, 5pm

Public hearing

Wednesday 12 April 2023

Release of final report

Tuesday 9 May 2023

To find out more about the review process and how you can have your say, visit the Northern Grampians Shire Council review page on the VEC website at