Council Elections - 24 October 2020
Who conducts Council Elections
The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) conducts the Council Elections and manages all aspects of the election process.
If you are enrolled to vote for the State Election and are a Greater Dandenong resident then you are automatically enrolled to vote at Council Elections and it is compulsory to vote. To access the VEC's website about voting click here.
Local Women Leading Change
The VLGA is committed to continuing to support councils and communities in local democracy through these changing times and has developed an alternative delivery method for its women’s training program. This program is supported by the Victorian Government.
The Australian Local Government Women's Association (ALGWA) also supports women campaigning for the 2020 Council Elections and is hosting a number of on-line forums with a range of highly knowledgeable and respected speakers. To visit the ALGWA's website and register for any forums please click here.
VLGA Encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Run for Council
The VLGA has been working with Charles Pakana, an independent Aboriginal journalist and broadcaster, to engage with local Aboriginal communities in the lead up to the 2020 local government elections. The VLGA invites interested members of the community to attend Your Community, Country & Council live forums. These are designed by and for Aboriginal peoples interested in knowing more about being a councillor, the complexities of local government and to also encourage particpation in the 2020 Local Government elections, either as a voter or candidate. To access more information or register for any of the scheduled forums please go to the VLGA's website here.
Candidiate Information Sessions
Council has hosted two Candidate Information Sessions on behalf of the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) and the Municpal Association of Victoria (MAV). Council will also host one more online information session on behalf of the VEC, at a date to be advised.
To access the VEC's information about becoming a Council Election candidate, please click here.
Mandatory Candidate Training
Under the new requirements of the Local Government Act 2020, candidates must complete mandatory Local Government Candidate Training to be eligible to nominate for Council elections with the Victorian Electoral Commission. While it was the intention for Victorian councils to hold face-to-face training, in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister for Local Government has made the decision that training will only be available online. (Please Note: The training will only be available in English.)
A link to the training from Local Government Victoria will be provided on this website page as soon as it becomes available. If any Greater Dandenong candidate anticipates that they may experience difficulty in accessing this online training, please contact Council's Governance Unit on 8571 5216 so that an appropriate accessibility arrangement can be made.
Other Candidate Resources
Local Government Victoria (LGV) has published guidelines that will help candidates understand how to comply with the directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer to stay safe while campaigning. The document Campaigning for Council Elections in October 2020 - Guidelines for Coronavirus (COVID-19) provides advice on permitted campaign activities, safety for campaign teams, basic hygiene and physical distancing and is available on the LGV website at this link.
New Ward Structure for Council Elections 2020
At the start of May, the Minister for Local Government announced that Greater Dandenong would have its electoral structure changed back to single member wards for the 2020 local government elections.
The Caretaker or Election Period commences on Wednesday 23 September 2020 and ends at 6pm on Saturday 24 October 2020 (Elections Day).
‘Caretaker’ provisions are intended to assure the community that councils and councillors will avoid certain actions and decisions which could be seen to be influencing voters or which will have a significant impact on the incoming Council. Specific provisions apply to all councils during the election period under the Local Government Act 2020.
2020 Election Period (Caretaker) Policy
In accordance with the Local Government Act 1989, a Council must prepare and adopt an Election Period Policy and continue to maintain, review, and if required, amend the policy before the commencement of each subsequent general election period.
The Act further specifies the policy must include:
On Tuesday 28 January 2020, Council adopted the amended Election Period (Caretaker) Policy.
The Election Period (Caretaker) Policy defines appropriate procedures and practices to ensure that the general elections for the Greater Dandenong City Council to be held on Saturday 24 October 2020 are conducted in a manner that is ethical, fair and equitable and are publicly perceived as such.
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