Council Election 2020

Stand-for-Council-web-banner.jpgCouncil Elections

Local Government elections are conducted every four years on the fourth Saturday in October. The next general election for Local Government will be held on 24 October 2020.

Important election period dates are as follows:

17 September, 2020

Nominations open

22 September, 2020

Nominations close

23 October, 2020

Close of postal voting

24 October, 2020

Election day

13 November, 2020

Results declared by this date

Information regarding campaigning for candidates

Candidates seeking to place temporary signage on the road side may be required to obtain a permit, please see contact Infrastructure team on 5461 0607 or Council’s website for further information. 

As a requirement of the permit process, please note that candidates must obtain their own public liability cover.  In regard to insurance Local Community Insurance Services provide insurance products for community and non for profits across Australia, should you require advice or assistance please visit Local Community Insurance 

Electoral wards 

Central Goldfields Shire Council is comprised of seven Councillors elected to four wards:

  • Maryborough Ward (4 Councillors)
  • Flynn Ward (1 Councillor)
  • Tullaroop Ward (1 Councillor)
  • Paddys Ranges Ward (1 Councillor)

To view the electoral boundaries map for the Central Goldfields Shire Council click HERE.

The election will be conducted via a postal vote by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), the statutory provider of election services for all council elections in Victoria.

Am I enrolled to vote?

If you are an Australian citizen you can check your State enrolment details on the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) website.

You are already enrolled to vote for the Council election if you meet the following three criteria:

  • you will be 18 years of age on election day
  • you live in the Central Goldfields Shire; and
  • you are on the state electoral roll for your current address.


How do I stand as a candidate?

Visit the becoming a council election candidate page on the VEC website for further details.


Candidate Information Sessions

Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)

The VEC has developed a presentation which provides comprehensive information for prospective candidates to find out more about the nomination process for the 2020 local council elections.

The video presentation is now available on the VEC website

The recorded presentation will be complemented by three state-wide interactive candidate seminars which compliment the information session video. The seminars will provide prospective candidates the opportunity to ask questions about the nomination process and the election.

The seminars will be held on the following days:

  • Wednesday 9 September 2020 at 7 pm
  • Sunday 13 September 2020 at 1 pm
  • Tuesday 15 September 2020 at 5 pm

More information can be found on the VEC website

Mandatory Candidate Session

The mandatory Local Government Candidate Training course for the 2020 elections is now available online.

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

 The online course will take around an hour to complete and ensure candidates fully understand the role of councillor and its requirements.

 The course can be found at


Safe Campaigning Guidelines 

Campaigning for council elections in October 2020 - Guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19) helps candidates understand how to comply with the directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer to stay safe while campaigning.

This includes advice on permitted campaign activities, safety for campaign teams, basic hygiene and physical distancing.

The Guidelines are available at


Election period

The election caretaker period begins on the last day that nominations can be received and ends at 6pm on election day. Our Election Period Policy ensures that Council business continues throughout this period in a responsible and transparent manner.


Want more information?

If you have any questions about council elections, contact the VEC on 131 832 or visit the VEC's website.