Council Elections 2020


The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) holds local general council elections every four years. In October this year, Council elections will be held across Victoria via the post. Voters will receive a ballot pack in early October. To vote, you must be correctly enrolled before 4.00 pm on Friday 28 August. If you want to stand as a candidate, nominations are open from Thursday 17 September until noon Tuesday 22 September.


Murrindindi Shire Council will enter the formal election period from 22 September until 24 October. Due to legislative requirements, how we communicate and engage with the community will be more limited during this time. You can find more information about what this means, by downloading our Election Period Policy.


You can find more information about voting and how to become a candidate on the VEC website. If you have have any specific questions regarding the election, you are best to direct all inquiries to the VEC.


You can contact the VEC by calling 131 832 or by emailing

Enrolment and voting

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) conduct elections on behalf of all Victorian councils.

The close of roll for Murrindindi Shire Council elections is 4.00 pm on Friday 28 August.

For detailed and up to date information about how to enrol and vote, visit Murrindindi Shire Council's election web page on the VEC website here, or call the VEC on 131 832.

Election Timeline

Friday 28 August: Roll closes at 4.00 pm

Thursday 17 September: Candidate nominations open

Tuesday 22 September: Candidate nominations close at 12 noon

Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 October: Mail-out of ballot packs

Friday 23 October: Voting closes at 6.00 pm

Friday 13 November: Latest date all results will be declared

Candidate information

Are you interested in running as a candidate for Murrindindi Shire Council? Nominations are open from Thursday 17 September until noon Tuesday 22 September.

To nominate you must:

  • be an Australian citizen and enrolled on the voters' roll for Murrindindi Shire Council
  • be eligible to become a councillor should you be elected
  • have completed the mandatory candidate training before lodging your nomination with the Election Manager

To nominate, complete the nomination form and lodge it with the Election Manager together with the $250 nomination fee. Nominations forms can be lodged by appointment during business hours from Thursday 17 September until 12 noon on Tuesday 22 September at Council's Yea Library and Customer Service Centre - 15 The Semi Circle, Yea.

Visit the VEC website for more information and to pre-complete your nomination form using the online Candidate Helper, which will be available from Thursday 3 September. If you use the online Candidate Helper, print your pre-completed form and make an appointment to lodge it with the Election Manager along with the nomination fee.

You can call the Election Manager on 1300 128 939 to make a nomination appointment.

Mandatory Candidate Training

In 2020, there is a new requirement that all candidates must complete Local Government Candidate Training before they are able to nominate.

Further information is available in the Candidate FAQs(DOCX, 2MB).

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Safe Campaign Guidelines

Local Government Victoria have published Safe Campaign Guidelines for the 2020 local council elections.

The guidelines will help candidates understand how to comply with the directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer and stay safe while campaigning. They include advice on permitted campaign activities, safety for campaign teams, basic hygiene and physical distancing.

Additional resources

Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA) - Your Campaign Toolkit

Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) - Candidate Handbook

Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) - VicCouncils