Local Government Elections 2020

A General Election of Councillors for Hume City Council will be held on Saturday 24 October 2020. The election will be by postal ballot and will be conducted on behalf of Hume City Council by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC). 
Ballot papers will be automatically sent to your address listed on the electoral roll.
Voting is compulsory and ballot papers must be completed and returned by 6pm on Friday 23 October 2020.

Voting at the election is compulsory for residents of Hume City who are enrolled on the Victorian electoral roll. Business and property owners may also be eligible to vote. Ensure you are enrolled to vote by 4pm on Friday 28 August 2020 by visiting the VEC website.

Key dates

 

Stand for Council - 
Candidate and Community
Information Session     

Tuesday 25 August 2020

 

The Municipal Association of Victoria will host a Stand for Council - Candidate and Community Information Session on: Tuesday 25 August 2020 commencing 6.30pm via Zoom

Close of Roll (Entitlement Day)   

Friday 28 August 2020
(Roll closes 4pm)

 

To be eligible to vote at a Council election, people must be on the state or Council voters' roll by the Close of Roll.

Election office opens    17 September 2020 

 

The election office will be located at Town Hall Broadmeadows, 10 Dimboola Road, Broadmeadows and will be open to the public on 17 September 2020.

 

Nominations Open    

 

17 September 2020 

 

The Returning Officer will receive and record nominations from candidates, including the receipt of the $250 nomination fee.

Caretaker Period 

22 September 2020 - 24 October 2020   

 

The Election Period (commonly known as Caretaker Period) is the period starting from the last day of nominations and ending at 6pm on Election Day. During this period, Council business is conducted in accordance with the Election Period Policy to avoid the use of public resources in a way that may unduly affect the election result and to minimise councils making certain types of decisions that may unduly limit the decision-making ability of the incoming Council.

Close of Nominations 

 

22 September 2020
(Nominations close 12pm)

Candidates must submit their nominations in person to the Election Manager before the close of nominations. The nomination period runs from 17 to 22 September. Once nominations have closed, the ballot will be drawn to determine the ballot paper orders.

Mailout of Ballot Packs

 

Tuesday 6 October 2020 - Thursday 8 October 2020

 

There is no physical voting on Election Day. All ballot papers must be completed and sent to the Election Manager prior to Election Day.

Close of Voting 23 October 2020
(Voting closes 6pm) 

 

The election will be undertaken by postal voting. In postal elections, ballot papers must be completed and posted to the Election Manager no later than the last working day before election day. Ballot papers will be sent out to voters by the VEC at the conclusion of the nomination period. Voting closes at 6 pm on Friday 23 October.

Election Day  Saturday 24 October 2020 

 
There is no physical voting on Election Day. All ballot papers must be completed and sent to the Election Manager prior to Election Day.

Declaration of the Result  by 13 November 2020 

 

Declaration of successful candidates occurs across local governments from Sunday 25 October 2020 to Friday 13 November 2020. The VEC has advised that this will be the latest date they will declare the result.

Election period

The election period commences on the last day that nominations can be received, being Tuesday 22 September 2020 at midday, and ends at 6pm on Election Day, Saturday 24 October 2020.

During the Election Period, Council's Election Caretaker Period Policy will apply. This policy provides guidance to Councillors, staff and candidates in the lead up to, and during the period for the 2020 elections, and commences from midnight on Tuesday 22 September 2020 to 6pm on Election Day, Saturday 24 October 2020.

Election Caretaker Period Policy(PDF, 218KB)

Become 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. Handbooks are available almost three months before major elections, and can be accessed via the VEC website.

All candidates must ensure they are enrolled by 4pm on Friday 28 August 2020 to be eligible.

Check your enrolment on the VEC website to ensure you are enrolled to be a candidate.

Please note that all candidates must attend the Mandatory Candidate Information sessions which are being hosted by Local Government Victoria. Further information available under 'Candidate Training Sessions'.

For any further information please visit the website of the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) or contact them on 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.

Local Government Victoria (LGV) is developing and implementing an online training module for Mandatory Candidate Training for this year’s council elections. This will be the only Minister approved mode of mandatory training for prospective candidates. The information session will be recorded and streamed from the VEC website, complemented by three State-wide interactive candidate seminars based on the information session video.

Mandatory Candidate Training information will be published on the Local Government Victoria website when it becomes available.

Stand for Council - candidate and community information sessions

The Municipal Association of Victoria will host a Stand for Council - candidate and community information session on:
Tuesday 25 August 2020
commencing 6.30pm
via Zoom

Session Outline

The Stand for Council Community and Candidate Information session will provide prospective candidates with information about:

  • The role and purpose of local government  
  • The new Local Government Act 2020 
  • Introduction to your council and information on the municipal area
  • Roles, responsibilities and expectations of a councillor
  • The experience of being a councillor 
  • The electoral process and campaigning including key dates and information provided by the Victorian Electoral Commission. 

Registrations are required to access the Zoom meeting. Please note that the Zoom link and password will be sent to participants once they register for the session and should not be provided to anyone outside of this process. Participants will be able to register right up until the start of the event.

Register for Stand for Council - Candidate and Community Information Sessions

 

Local Government Victoria have published information on safe campaigning for the local government elections. 

Campaigning for council elections in October 2020 - Guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19) will help 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 may be viewed here, or further information may be found on the Local Government Victoria website 

 

 

 

Campaign donations

Under the Local Government Act 2020, Section 306:

Within 40 days of election day, a person who was a candidate in the election must give an election campaign donation return to the Chief Executive Officer. An election campaign donation return must -

  1. be in the prescribed form; and 
  2. contain the prescribed details in respect of any gifts received during the donation period by or on behalf of the candidate, to be used for or in connection with the election campaign, the amount or value of which is equal to or exceeds the gift disclosure threshold.

Copies of Election Donation Return forms will be included in Candidate Information Kits and will be made accessible on this page when they become available.

Within 14 days after the deadline for lodgement of completed Campaign Donation Returns by candidates, summaries of each return lodged will be made available on Council’s website and will include the following information:

a) the name of the candidate
b) if a gift is included in the return, the name of the person who made the gift, and the value of the gift received from that person

This information will remain on Council's Internet site until the close of the roll for the next general election.

2016 Election Campaign Donation Returns Summary

Copies of completed Election Campaign Returns will be available for inspection only upon application at Council’s office for 4 years.

Voting

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 Hume City have been by postal ballot.

Voting is compulsory for all enrolled voters - previous exclusion for those over 70 has now been removed under the Local Government Act 2020. 

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 Hume City Council General Election, you need to be enrolled by 4pm on Friday, 28 August 2020 on either the State Roll or the Council Roll.

State Roll

You can be on the State Roll in Hume if all of these apply:

  1. You are an Australian citizen or eligible British subject AND you are aged 18 years and over;
  2. You reside at an address within Hume City Council.

To enrol, visit https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/Enrolment/

Council Roll

If you can’t be on the State Roll, you may apply to be on the Council Roll if any of these apply:

  • You own a rateable property in Hume OR
  • You occupy a property in Hume and pay the rates under the lease OR
  • You represent a corporation that owns or occupies a rateable property in Hume.


Council have already written to those voters who had successfully applied to be on the Council Roll for the 2016 election.  Should you wish to apply to be on the Council Roll for the upcoming election please contact the Revenue team by:

  1. Email Rates@Hume.vic.gov.au, or
  2. Phone (03) 9205 2688

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.

Do I need to enrol and vote?(JPG, 521KB)

Failure to vote

Voting at the election is compulsory for residents of Hume City 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).

Owner Ratepayer - Application for Enrolment

If you are an Owner of a rateable property within Hume, you may  also be entitled as a ratepayer to apply to be enrolled on the voters' roll in respect of the ward in which the property is located (Aitken, Jacksons Creek, Meadow Valley).

Application forms must be received by Council no later than 4pm on 28 August 2020, being the close of the roll. 

You may apply to be on the Council Roll if any of these apply:

  • You own a rateable property in Hume OR
  • You occupy a property in Hume and pay the rates under the lease OR
  • You represent a corporation that owns or occupies a rateable property in Hume.

Council have already written to those voters who had successfully applied to be on the Council Roll for the 2016 election.  Should you wish to apply to be on the Council Roll for the upcoming election please contact the Revenue team by email Rates@Hume.vic.gov.au or alternatively by phone on (03) 9205 2688 for the relevant application form. 

 

Hume City Council Ward Boundaries

On 9 July 2020, Hume City's Ward Boundaries were gazetted, affecting the boundaries of each of the three wards. This may affect which ward you are required to vote in for the upcoming election. Candidates can stand for election for any ward within a council, even if their enrolled address is in a different ward within the council.

The Hume municipality is divided into three wards:

Aitken Ward(PDF, 2MB)

Jacksons Creek Ward(PDF, 1MB)

Meadow Valley Ward(PDF, 2MB)

Useful resources

There is a range of useful resources for people who want to learn more about local government as a sector, and past council elections. Visit the following websites if you would like more information:

Questions?

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 Hume Council's Governance team on 9205 2200.