Local Government elections will be held across Victoria in October.
The next council election will be held via postal vote, with voting closing at 6pm Friday 23 October 2020.
Alpine Shire Council has seven councillors elected for a four-year term to represent the Alpine Shire community.
The election will be run by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC). The VEC will distribute voting material to residents.
More information is available from the VEC’s landing page for Alpine Shire Council and below.
Information for Voters
Local Government elections will be held across Victoria in October. The next council election will be held via postal voting, with voting closing at 6pm Friday 23 October 2020.
Voters in each council will receive a ballot pack from the Victorian Electoral Commission in early October.
Voting in council elections is compulsory. To vote in the 2020 Council Election you need to be enrolled to vote by 4pm Friday 28 August 2020.
Please check your enrolment and eligibility on the Victorian Electoral Commission website.
Nominating for Council
Becoming a councillor is a great hands-on way to serve your community and positively influence future directions and outcomes for the Alpine Shire.
The elections process is managed by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) and prospective candidates should visit their website to find out more and begin the nomination process. The VEC is the contact for all questions regarding nomination and materials on becoming a candidate are provided here:
Candidates should particularly note the requirement to complete Victorian Local Government Mandatory Candidate Training to be eligible to nominate with the Victorian Electoral Commission. This includes all serving or former councillors intending to nominate.
We have also collated some other resources which prospective candidates may find useful:
- Municipal Association of Victoria’s Stand for Council site provides a great range of information on what it means to stand as a candidate and become a Councillor
- Municipal Association of Victoria’s eLearning on Understanding Local Government
- Local Government Victoria’s official webpage
- Know Your Council, providing authoritative information and comparison performance data about Victorian’s 79 councils
- The Local Government Act 2020, which governs the undertakings of local councils across Victoria
- The Local Government (Electoral) Regulations 2020, which govern the way that the 2020 elections are to take place
Safe campaigning during COVID-19
Local Government Victoria has established Safe Campaigning Guidelines to help candidates understand how to comply with the directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer to stay safe while campaigning.
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.
Friday 28 August 2020
Electoral roll closes 4pm
Thursday 17 September 2020
Tuesday 22 September 2020
Nominations close 12 noon
Tuesday 6 October 2020
Ballot pack mail-out begins
Friday 23 October 2020
Voting closes 6pm
Friday 13 November 2020
Latest date that results will be declared
Similar to the practice with federal and state government elections, Victorian councils observe special arrangements during the period leading up to a general council election.
These are commonly referred to as ‘caretaker arrangements’ and they apply during the ‘election period’.
The special caretaker arrangements that apply to Victorian councils broadly aim to avoid the use of public resources in a way that may unduly affect the election result. They also minimise councils making certain types of decisions that may unduly limit the decision-making ability of the incoming council.