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Council election

2024 Council Election

Local Government Elections are set to take place in October 2024. 

The VEC runs local council elections across the state and the election will be conducted by postal voting.

Local Government election are an opportunity for residents to help shape the City of Whittlesea by voting for your Council representative or nominating to become a Councillor yourself. 

City of Whittlesea wards

Following the review of electoral structures by the VEC, the City of Whittlesea will be moving to 11 single Councillor wards.

The new ward names and boundaries are shown below: 

For more information on the electoral structure review and the City of Whittlesea’s wards please visit the VEC website.

Who can vote?

Council elections are held across Victoria every 4 years on the fourth Saturday in October.

Voting is compulsory

Voting at the election is compulsory for residents of the City of Whittlesea who are enrolled on the Victorian electoral roll.

Corporations, occupiers, and ratepayers who are property owners but reside outside the municipality may also be eligible to vote.

For more information on enrolling please refer to the VEC website.

Voting

VEC will mailout ballot packs to enrolled voters in early October 2024.

Voting closes at 6pm Friday 25 October 2024.

Election day is Saturday 26 October 2024.

Nominating as a candidate

Being a councillor provides an exciting challenge and an opportunity to represent your community and play a vital role in shaping the City of Whittlesea.

If you are an Australian citizen, aged 18 and over, on the electoral roll, completed the mandatory Local Government candidate training and looking for an opportunity to contribute to the future direction and development of your community, you should consider standing for Council.

You can find out more information about becoming a local council candidate on the VEC website.

 

Information sessions

City of Whittlesea Candidate Information Showcase

To support residents who are considering running for Council, the City of Whittlesea will be hosting an information showcase.

When: Thursday 25 July, 2pm-4pm

Where: Great Hall, City of Whittlesea Council Offices, 25 Ferres Blvd, South Morang

Register for this event here

 

MAV Stand for Council

The City of Whittlesea has partnered with the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) to deliver the 2024 Stand for Council: Community and Candidate Information Sessions. The Stand for Council program aims to assist councils attract a diverse range of prospective candidates by providing important information regarding the 2024 council elections, the role of council and the responsibilities of being a Councillor. It also aims to build community awareness to understand the important role of voters in delivering local democracy and representation. 

Metro north-west Stand for Council session 

When: Thursday 18 July, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Where: Town Hall Broadmeadows, 10 Dimboola Rd, Broadmeadows

Register: via the MAV website

You can attend a session anywhere in the state – you don’t have to attend a local session. 

All Victorian sessions and registration information is available on the MAV website.

First Nations X Stand for Council

When: Thursday 30 May, 6.30pm-8pm

Where: Online

Register: via the MAV website

Youth X Stand for Council

When: Tuesday 4 June, 6pm-7.30pm

Where: Online, via Microsoft Team

Register: via the MAV website 

Women X Stand for Council

When: Wednesday 26 June, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Where: Kingston City Council, 1230 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham, or online

Register: via the MAV website

 

VLGA information sessions

The VLGA (Victorian Local Governance Association) is running a program of events in the lead up to the 2024 local government elections to support those running for council. 

Local Women Leading Change - a guide to standing for local government for women

When: Friday 24 May, 12pm-1.30pm

Where: online, via Zoom

Register: via the VLGA website

Register here to receive updates on the candidate information sessions

 

Compulsory Local Government Candidate Training

All candidates must complete Local Government Victoria’s mandatory training before they submit their nomination form. The training is being reviewed and is due to be updated in mid-June. For more information, visit Local Government Victoria.

 

The following guidelines have been prepared to ensure that the display of election and candidate signage is lawful during the election period.

Access our Political Advertising Signage Guidelines

As part of Council’s Governance Rules, an Election Period Policy has been adopted to explain how Council will conduct our business leading into an election.

This is to ensure that Council elections are not compromised and to safeguard the authority of the incoming Council.  You can also view a hard copy at our Council offices.