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Council Elections

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. 

Compulsory voting

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 Local Women Leading Change candidate training program consists of two modules, ‘Local Government 101’ and ‘Candidate Development’. These modules are delivered by video and supported by interactive Zoom workshops.
The ‘Local Government 101’ videos are now live on the VLGA website and the Local Women Leading Change Facebook page. 
Registrations are also open on the VLGA website for ‘Local Government 101’ interactive workshop sessions at a number of different times and dates. Participants are invited to watch the videos and consider the discussion prompts before taking part in the workshops which will be held in small groups (maximum 10 people).

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 forumsThese 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 new ward boundaries were informed by recent work undertaken by the Victorian Electoral Commission and ensure that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters.
Council suggested to the Minister for Local Government that the 11 wards be named after the areas they predominantly represent and the Minister has now accepted these names.  An Order in Council which applies the new ward boundaries and names was made by the Governor in Council and published in the Victoria Government Gazette on 9 July 2020. You can view the new wards on Council’s website at the following link.

New ward boundaries applicable to the October 2020 Council Elections (2MB)

Caretaker Provisions

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:

  • procedures intended to prevent the Council from making inappropriate decisions or using resources inappropriately during the election period before a general election

  • limits on public consultation and the scheduling of Council events

  • procedures to ensure that access to information held by Council is made equally available and accessible to candidates during the election

On Tuesday 28 January 2020, Council adopted the amended Election Period (Caretaker) Policy.

Download the Greater Dandenong City Council 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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