Council elections provide residents and ratepayers with the opportunity to elect the councillors who they believe will represent their interests.
Voters elect representatives for the Whittlesea ward in which they live.
How to vote
Whittlesea Council elections are conducted by postal vote, and the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) manages the election process.
You must be on the Voters Roll to vote at the election or to stand for election as a councillor.
Becoming a councillor
If you aged over 18, on the electoral roll, and looking for an opportunity to contribute to the future direction and development of your community, you should consider standing for Council.
Being a councillor provides an exciting challenge and an opportunity to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the local community.
A councillor’s role is exciting but also demanding, and prospective candidates need to find out what is involved before nominating for election.
Find out more about what is means to be a councillor:
Information and resources for election candidates
The following resources are provided to assist candidates in running for Council.
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Number of voters and properties
- Voters - 37,333
- Properties - 21,910
South East Ward
- Voters - 53,554
- Properties - 26,920
South West Ward
- Voters - 48,002
- Properties - 27,540
- Total voters - 138,889
- Total properties - 76,370
The City of Whittlesea Community Profile provides demographic analysis for the City and its suburbs based on results from the 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996 and 1991 Censuses of Population and Housing.
The profile is updated with population estimates when the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases new figures
The City of Whittlesea population and household forecasts present what is driving population change in the community and how the population, age structure and household types will change each year between 2011 and 2036.
Find out about key socio-demographic trends for communities using the City of Whittlesea Community Atlas.
The City of Whittlesea's economic profile presents economic information about particular areas.
The information presented here is derived from official sources of information (Australian Bureau of Statistics) as well as Australia's leading economic modellers, NIEIR.
You can access demographic Profiles of precinct areas in the City of Whittlesea in our Place Profiles report.
Australia Post delivery standards
Access the Australia Post delivery standards for the despatch and return of postal ballot material by priority mail.
Display of political advertising signage guidelines
The following guidelines have been prepared to ensure that the display of election and candidate signage is lawful during the election period.
Election campaign donation returns
All candidates who nominate for the 2016 local government election must lodge a campaign donation return with Council's Chief Executive Officer by 1 December 2016.
Campaign donation returns must record all relevant gifts that were received by the candidate from 30 days after the previous election for the relevant Ward until 30 days after the current election - referred to as the 'donation period'. All campaign donations received during the donation period, either by the candidate or by someone acting on behalf if the candidate, must be disclosed if they are valued at $500 or more.
This includes gifts of goods or services as well as cash donations.
Election Period Policy
We have adopted an Election Period Policy and Procedural Guidelines to explain how we will conduct our business immediately before an election.
This is to ensure that Council elections are not compromised by inappropriate electioneering by existing Councillors and to safeguard the authority of the incoming Council. You can also view a hard copy at our Council offices.
Council Elections 2016 - Campaign Donation Returns
Within 40 days after election day, candidates are required to submit an election campaign donation return to Council’s Chief Executive Officer.
The return must contain details of any gifts, goods or services valued at $500 or more, received during the donation period, by the candidate or on behalf of the candidate, to be used for or in connection with their election campaign.