What you need to know
A General Election of councillors for Moonee Valley City Council (Council) will be held on Saturday, 24 October 2020. The election will be by postal ballot and will be conducted on behalf of the Council by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC).
Voting at the election is compulsory for residents of Moonee Valley who are enrolled in the Victorian electoral roll. Business and property owners may also be eligible to vote.
The election caretaker period begins on the last day that nominations can be received being Tuesday, 22 September 2020 at 12 noon and ends at 6pm on Election Day, Saturday 24 October 2020.
Our Election Period Policy ensures that Council business continues throughout this period in a responsible and transparent manner.
Council has adopted the Election Period Policy as required by section 93B of the Local Government Act 1989 to provide guidance to Councillors, staff and candidates in the lead up to, and during the election period for the 2020 elections, which commences on 22 September 2020 at 12 noon.
The policy can be accessed here.
Becoming a council candidate
Are you considering nominating to be a candidate?
Prospective candidates are encouraged to read the most recent Candidate Handbook to familiarise themselves with the key requirements and responsibilities of nominating for council elections. Please visit the website of the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) or call 131 832.
Candidate Training Sessions
Under the Local Government Act 2020, all candidates for election must attend a candidate training and information session prior to nominating. If you do not attend a training session, you will not be eligible to nominate. This includes candidates who have nominated or been elected to Council previously.
Council will host at least two information sessions prior to the close of nominations in September. It will also be possible to attend an information session outside of the municipality if you are not able to attend one hosted by Moonee Valley. Wherever you attend training, you must ensure that your attendance is recorded.
With the impact of COVID-19, Local Government Victoria is currently reviewing how to best offer these training sessions to candidates. Further information on candidate training sessions will be published here as it becomes available.
Useful local government resources
There is a range of useful resources for people who wanted to learn more about local government as a sector, and past council elections. Visit the following websites if you would like more information:
The former Minister for Local Government announced on 15 May 2020 that the 2020 Council elections will go ahead and declared that postal voting will be used across the State of Victoria.
The newly proclaimed Local Government Act 2020 provides the Minister for Local Government with the power to determine the voting system to be used for general elections. This determination of postal voting is consistent with Council’s preferred method as previous elections conducted in Moonee Valley have been by postal ballot.
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.
Am I Enrolled to Vote?
To be eligible to vote at the 2020 Moonee Valley City 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 municipality of Moonee Valley and are on the
- Victorian State voters’ roll for your present address; or
You may also be on the roll for this election if you enrolled directly with Moonee Valley City Council for the October 2016 elections.
Residents can enrol or update their enrolment online at www.vec.vic.gov.au 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.
Failure to Vote
Voting at the election is compulsory for residents of Moonee Valley who are enrolled on the Victorian electoral roll. Failure to vote will attract a penalty unless you are entitled to an exemption under the Local Government Act 2020.
The non-voter enforcement program will be managed by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC).
The election will be administered by the Victorian Electoral Commission. If you are a prospective candidate or have questions about how to vote, you can contact the VEC on 131 832.
You may also contact Council’s Governance Team at email@example.com.