Local Government Elections

Council Elections

Local Government elections are held every four years. The Moyne Shire Council general election will take place in October 2020.  The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) run a postal election on behalf of Moyne Shire Council. Ballot papers will be mailed to residents during the period 6 to 8 October 2020. Voting closes at 6pm on 23 October 2020.

Seven Councillors will be elected to represent the municipality. Candidates must undertake the mandatory training, details will be published on this page when available

Information on voting, voting entitlements, timelines and enrolment is available on the Victorian Electoral Commission website.

The following external links are a valuable resource for prospective candidates and voters:

VEC https://www.vec.vic.gov.au

Local Government Victoria https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/

Prospective Candidates

The VLGA "Your Campaign Toolkit" provide useful information for prospective candidates.

The Victorian Local Governance Association actively works to increase women’s participation in local governments as citizens, candidates and Councillors. To help achieve this there is training for women who are potential candidates for local government. Information about this can be found on the following page Local Women Leading Change Online

Questions in relation to the Council elections should be directed to Susie Kewley, Manager Organisational Development 5568 0540 skewley@moyne.vic.gov.au

The Victorian Government is providing training for members of the Victorian community who wish to nominate as a candidate in the council elections.

The training will help you understand the role and responsibilities of being a councillor.

You will not be able to nominate as a candidate unless you have completed the training. This is a new requirement, introduced in the Local Government Act 2020.

Click here to register for the mandatory candidate training.

For more information download this fact sheet(DOCX, 2MB) or visit the Local Government Victoria website.

Safe Campaigning Guidelines for COVID-19

Advice on safe campaigning for the October local government elections has been published by Local Government Victoria.

Click here to to view Campaigning for council elections in October 2020 - Guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The guidelines 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.

Local Government Victoria will continually update the guidelines with the latest directions and restrictions. It is recommended candidates check the guidelines regularly throughout campaigning.

Always refer to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for specific information on current restrictions.



Voting in Local Government elections is compulsory for anyone enrolled to vote. If you are unsure if you are enrolled to vote or your address has recently changed, it is important to check or update your details by going to the Victorian Electoral Commission website.  Alternatively you can contact the Victorian Electoral Commission on 131 382.

Important Dates

  • Nominations open on September 17 and Close at 12 noon on September 22
  • Close of Postal Voting - Friday 23 October 2020, 6pm
  • Declaration of results – 13 November 2020




    Summary of Campaign Donation Returns – 2016

    In accordance with section 62A (2) of the Local Government Act 1989 Council is required to provide a summary of election campaign donation returns provided by all candidates following the 2016 elections.

    Copies of the returns are available for public inspection at the Port Fairy Municipal Offices, Princes Street, Port Fairy.

    • Jim Doukas – nil gift disclosed
    • Kirrilee Nield – disclosure of gift with a total value of $40 from David Tully
    • Daniel Meade – nil gift disclosed
    • Ian Smith – nil gift disclosed
    • Maurice Molan – nil gift disclosed
    • Mick Wolfe – nil gift disclosed
    • Colin Ryan – nil gift disclosed
    • Jordan Lockett – nil gift disclosed
    • Peter Allen – nil gift disclosed
    • Kelvin Goodall – nil gift disclosed
    • Hamish Cumming – nil gift disclosed
    • Jill Parker – nil gift disclosed
    • Margaret Watt – nil gift disclosed
    • Susan Dennis – nil gift disclosed
    • Ralph Leutton – nil gift disclosed
    • Neil Blain – nil gift disclosed  
    • David Sinnott – nil gift disclosed
    Election (Caretaker) Period Policy

    In the lead up to the October 2016 election, all Victorian Councils were subject to a caretaker period that operated for 32 days from 21 September to 22 October 2016.

    Election Caretaker provisions are intended to assure the community that Councils and Councillors will not use public resources in election campaigning or make major policy decisions that may bind the incoming Council.

    A variety of issues and processes are curtailed or restricted during the election period, including:

    • public consultation processes
    • use of Council resources
    • content of media releases
    • publishing and distribution of Council publications (print and digital)
    • attendance at functions and events
    • assistance to any candidate for the election

    View the Election Caretaker Period Policy here(PDF, 1MB)