Council elections

Campaspe Shire Council's next general election will be held in October 2020, at which time all nine Councillor positions from the five wards will be decided for a four year term. The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) will conduct the elections.

2020 Council elections

Have you thought about being a Councillor?

Being a Councillor is a rewarding challenge – one which requires commitment, responsibility and accountability.

Many people in our local communities provide strong and strategic leadership. Local government can perform at its peak and make informed decisions when communities are represented by a diverse group of leaders. Diversity comes in many forms including backgrounds, experiences, culture, age and gender.

The Council elections take place every four years and the next election will be on 24 October 2020

If you want to be involved in the future of your community, and are willing to learn and participate, then you should explore what it takes to be a Councillor. 

Prospective candidates

Currently, to become a candidate you must be an Australian citizen (or qualified British subject), enrolled as a voter for the council you wish to stand and have completed the compulsory prescribed candidate training. More details on the candidate training will be included here once made available by Local Government Victoria.

You are not eligible to stand for election if:

  • you are an undischarged bankrupt;
  • your property is subject to control under the law relating to bankruptcy;
  • you are of unsound mind;
  • you have been convicted of certain criminal offences (within seven years of the election);
  • you work for the council in which you intend to become a councillor;
  • you are a councillor with another council; or
  • you are a Federal Member of Parliament or a Member of Parliament in any state or territory.

Additional information for prospective candidates is available from the links below.

Mandatory candidate training

Mandatory Local Government Candidate Training for the 2020 Local Government elections will be delivered through a short online course. The link as follows:

Online training course 

Under the new requirements included in the Local Government Act 2020, candidates must complete the Victorian Government’s Local Government Candidate Training course to be eligible to nominate with the Victorian Electoral Commission. This includes all serving or former councillors intending to nominate. 

Local Government Victoria has developed the online course in collaboration with the sector: it will take approximately an hour to complete.

Download this Information Sheet(PDF, 353KB) detailing the Candidate Training Program.

Voting

On 15 May 2020 the Minister for Local Government announced that the 2020 council elections will still go ahead and declared that postal voting will be used across the state.

It is important to note that the Chief Health Officer has advised that it is safe for the postal election to proceed this year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Voting is compulsory at council elections if you are enrolled to vote on the Victorian State Electoral Roll. There is no upper age limit to voting in Victoria.

Failure to vote

People are required to vote at Council elections held for the municipality in which they have their principal place of residence. Failure to vote will attract a penalty unless you are entitled to an exemption under the Local Government Act 2020. 

Enrolling to vote

To be eligible to vote at the 2020 Campaspe Shire Council General Election, you need to be enrolled by 4pm on Friday, 28 August 2020.

Enrolment has now closed.

How can I check my enrolment?

If you are an Australian citizen who lives in Campaspe Shire you can check your enrolment details online at the VEC website at any time, or call 1300 805 478.

Election campaign returns

In accordance with Section 306 of the Local Government Act 2020, a person who was a candidate in the election must submit an Election Campaign Donation Return to the Chief Executive Officer, within 40 days of election day.

The Return is to contain prescribed details in respect of any gifts received during the donation period by a candidate or on behalf of a candidate, to be used for or in connection with the election campaign, the amount or value of which is equal to or exceeds the gift disclosure threshold (being $500).

A candidate is not required to specify the prescribed details of an amount in a return if the amount was a gift made in privacy capacity to the candidate for their personal use and the candidate has not used or will not use the gift solely or substantially for the purpose related to the election. This also includes a gift made on behalf of the members of an unincorporated association.

Two or more gifts made by the same person to or for the benefit of the candidate are to be taken as one donation.

Election Campaign Donation returns are a matter of public record and are available for inspection, upon application at Council’s office until the entitlement date of the next General Election.

A person who fails to give a return, or gives a return that contains particulars that are false will be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding 60 penalty units. 

Election period (caretaker)

The election caretaker period begins on the last day that nominations can be received and ends at 6pm on Election Day ie. from midday Tuesday, 22 September 2020 until Saturday, 24 October 2020.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to attend or view a Council meeting.

Details are available on the following webpages:

Election period policy

Council has adopted the Election Period Policy & Procedure as required by Section 93B of the Local Government Act 1989 (‘the Act’) to provide guidance to Councillors, staff and candidates in the lead up to, and during the election period for the 2020 elections, which starts on 22 September 2020.

Download the policy(PDF, 136KB) here.

Key dates

Date Activity
Week of 3 August  Mandatory Candidate Training (to be administered by Local Government Victoria)
10 August, 6pm to 8pm  MAV Community and Candidate Information Session 
28 August at 4pm Close of roll candidates must be on the voters' roll in order to stand for election
16 September Election Office opens to the public 
17 September at 9am Candidate nominations open
22 September at 12 noon Candidate nominations close
22 September at 12 noon Election period starts (caretaker)
23 September at 12 noon  Candidate statements and photographs due 
6 October - 8 October Mail out of ballot packs
23 October at 6pm  Close of voting
13 November  Declaration of election results

Information and resources

Councillors play an important role in shaping the future of the shire. To assist prospective candidates in understanding the role of local government and that of Councillor, there are a number of online resources available which you can access by clicking on the external websites below. 

Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) 

Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)

Vic Councils (Municipal Association of Victoria)

Local Government Victoria (LGV)

Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA)

Guidelines for campaigning during COVID

In addition, the following documents are provided for the information of prospective candidates:

Councillor Memorandum of Understanding(DOCX, 195KB)

Mayor and Chief Executive Officer, Memorandum of Understanding(DOCX, 198KB)

Councillor Code of Conduct(PDF, 741KB)

Workshops:

Women on Council Workshop(PDF, 217KB) - interactive two hour online workshop

Campaign signage

Candidates wishing to conduct electioneering activities in public space, for example, a stall at a shopping strip or park, must act in accordance with Council’s local laws and procedures. No other promotional material, including signage, posters, flyers or banners, for any political candidacy is permitted on Council land or in its facilities at any time.

Council resources including buildings and land will not be used to support any electioneering activity, Council prohibits any type of candidate election signage being erected on or displayed on Council land, including:

  • Council owned / managed parks, reserves, building (exteriors) and nature strips
  • Road dividing strips (median strips, traffic islands, roundabouts)
  • Trees, shrubs or plants, street signs, traffic control signs, parking signs

If election signage is displayed on Council land, Council may request the immediate removal of the signage by the owner or candidate, or may remove the signage without notification to the owner or candidate. 

Leaflet distribution on Council land

Distribution of leaflets and other promotional materials (eg. pamphlets) may occur on Council land where provided directly to another person. Distribution of promotional materials left on parked vehicles is not permitted.  

Election signage on private land

No permit is required for election signage on private property, as long as it meets the following requirements:

  • It is no bigger than 5 square metres
  • It is limited to one sign per property
  • It must not be animated or internally illuminated
  • It must be removed within 14 days after election day, and not be displayed for longer than a total of 3 months

It is recommended that if installing signage on private land that adequate Public Liability Insurance is obtained. Public Liability Insurance can be obtained by contacting your existing or an alternative personal insurance company or an insurance broker. 

Election signage on VicRoads (Regional Roads Victoria) land

A permit from VicRoads is required when election signage is placed on their land, this includes roads, road verges or tree reserves. More information is available at the VicRoads website. 

Information request register

A Candidate Information Request Register will be maintained by Council to record the provision of all information and advice during the Election Period. This register is a public document, that records:

  • All requests for information of a non-election nature by all candidates
  • The responses/documentation provided to these requests
  • The name of the candidate making the request
  • The date the request is made 

Candidate requests

Candidates can make requests by submitting their requests in writing to [email protected], or by delivery/mail to the Echuca Administration Centre, to Manager Governance and Strategy, Campaspe Shire Council, PO Box 35 Echuca VIC 3564. 

2020-Election-Candidates-Request-for-Information-Register-30-September-2020.pdf(PDF, 419KB)