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. 

Candidate information session

Council will be hosting an MAV Community and Candidate Information Session on Monday, 10 August at 6pm to 8pm.

In light of the current stay at home directions issued by the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the MAV session will be delivered as a virtual meetings.

Register here

The MAV session is optional for candidates and not part of the prescribed mandatory training. The session will cover:

  • an introduction to local government
  • an overview of council
  • what is expected of a councillor
  • how do I become a councillor
  • questions and discussion

Please note that the formal nomination period for the election starts on 17 September 2020. The Local Government Act 2020 provides a person cannot nominate as a candidate for election unless they have completed the prescribed training.

Mandatory candidate training

Mandatory Local Government Candidate Training for the 2020 Local Government elections will be delivered through a short online course.   The link to access the online training will be made available here. 

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 be easily accessible online and take approximately an hour to complete.

Download this Information Sheet(PDF, 326KB) 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

Am I enrolled 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.

You are already enrolled to vote if:

  • You will be 18 years of age or over on 24 October 2020; AND
  • You live in the Campaspe Shire and are on the Victorian State Electoral Roll for your residential address.

To check if your details are up to date on the Victorian State Roll, visit the VEC website. 

You may also be on the roll for this election if you enrolled directly with Council for the October 2016 elections. 

You need to enrol with the VEC if:

  • You are an Australian citizen aged 18 or over on Saturday, 24 October 2020; AND
  • You live in the Campaspe Shire and you are not on the Victorian State Electoral Roll; OR
  • You have lived at your present residential address within the Campaspe Shire for at least a month and have not updated your enrolment details, including any changes to your postal address.

Enrol online at  the VEC or pick up a form at any post office or Australian Electoral Commission office and return it to the Victorian Electoral Commission before 4pm on Friday, 28 August 2020.

You may also apply to Council to enrol if you:

  • are not an Australian citizen, but you live and pay rates in the Campaspe Shire (application form); or
  • pay rates for a property you do not occupy in the Campaspe Shire (application form); or
  • pay rates on a property you occupy in the Campaspe Shire and have no other voting entitlement within the Campaspe Shire, eg. you are a shop tenant and are either named on the Council's rates record to receive the rates notice or have the written consent of the owner to vote in their place (application form); or
  • are a director or company secretary of a corporation that pays rates in Campaspe Shire and have no other voting entitlement in Campaspe Shire (application form).

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.

If you are not an Australian citizen or you are a non-resident, you may apply directly to Council.

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 
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 

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.