The West Wimmera Shire Council election will be held this October.
The Victorian Electoral Commission is preparing to deliver local council elections during the extraordinary circumstances of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Elections are to be conducted entirely by post – a safe and completely secret method of voting.
Local council general elections are held every four years and councillors make decisions on a range of important local issues and services, including:
- maternal health and childcare
- sporting and recreation facilities
- libraries and community centres
- animal registrations
- rubbish and recycling
- planning and building regulations
- local roads and footpaths.
2020 Election Timeline
- Friday 28 August: Roll closes at 4 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 pm
- Friday 30 October: Postal vote receipt period closes at 12 noon
- Friday 13 November: Latest date all results will be declared.
The Victorian Electoral Commission conduct elections on behalf of all Victorian councils.
For detailed and up to date information about how to enrol, vote, become a candidate and more, visit the VEC website on links below, or call the VEC on 131 832.
Want to stand for Council?
West Wimmera Shire Council ran a candidate information session online. Click the link below to watch the session. Enter the password +.t?7XsV
Watch candidate information session
This year, for the first time, local government candidates are required to complete mandatory training to be eligible to nominate.
Training will be available online; you can access it from a home computer or tablet with an internet connection. Please note that training is not optimised for mobile phones.
You can register for training here
You must complete the course to nominate for council. The training covers vital information you need to know about being a councillor, including understanding a conflict of interest, a code of conduct, and what support is available to help you do the role. The mandatory course was introduced in the Local Government Act 2020 to ensure candidates understand the role of councillor and the standards they are expected to uphold if elected.
Training will be available from Wednesday 5 August. It will close at 5:00pm, Monday 21 September 2020. Remember, you must complete the training before you nominate.
If you want to stand as a candidate you can nominate from Thursday 17th September 2020. Nominations close at midday on Tuesday, 22 September 2020.
Nominations are to be made in person at the Victorian Electoral Commission office at 49 Elizabeth Street Edenhope.
Information for becoming a Local Council Candidate can be found here and here on the Victorian Electoral Commission webpage.
Frequently Asked Questions for Candidates
Here are some FAQ(PDF, 804KB) provided by the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.
West Wimmera Shire Council has five elected Councillors. Councillors are elected by all residents and represent all residents in the municipality. Voting is important as the Councillors elected make decisions on a range of local issues. Their responsibilities include: Advocacy to State and Federal government Law making and enforcement Policy development Planning and monitoring achievement Representation on behalf of constituents.
Campaigning during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
The Victorian State Government has worked on developing some guidance for candidates on campaigning during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
This information can be accessed here
Victorians will vote via post in the local council election this October. Voters in each council will receive a ballot pack in early October.
To vote you must be correctly enrolled before 4pm on Friday 28th of August.
Voting in Local Government elections is compulsory for anyone enrolled to vote, unless you are aged 70 or more.
If you are unsure if you are enrolled to vote or your address has recently changed, it is important to check or update your details by going to the Victorian Electoral Commission website. Alternatively, you can contact the Victorian Electoral Commission on 131 382.
You can check out the VEC COVIDSafe 2020 Elections Plan here
The following external links are a valuable resource for prospective candidates and voters:
The content on this web page will be updated regularly as information becomes available from external sources.