Every four years, Monash residents and ratepayers vote to elect 11 Councillors to represent the community.
Council elections are conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) as required under the Local Government Act 1989.
During the Election Period, from midnight Tuesday 22 September until 6pm Saturday 24 October 2020, Councils are in a “caretaker period”. More information: Caretaker period during Council election
Can eligible voters cast a vote for all 11 Councillors or only those in their respective Ward?
Eligible voters can only vote for candidates in their ward. The preferential system of voting is used and voters number each box on their ballot paper in the order of their choice.
Please watch a short VEC video outlining how voters can find information on candidates, including where they stand on various issues that the voter may care about.
Voter rolls for the 2020 Local Government Elections closed at 4pm on Friday, 28 August.
Voters who will be away during the election period can have their ballot pack redirected to an address of their choice by making a request in writing by Thursday 17 September. Email to: email@example.com
State-enrolled voters can also sign up to the free VoterAlert service to receive important election reminders by SMS and email.
More information is available by calling 131 832 or at vec.vic.gov.au
Council Elections 2020 - campaign
Any Councillor who wishes to stand for re-election would need to nominate as a candidate with the VEC and complete mandatory candidate training, just like any other candidate. The online training closed on 22 September 2020 at 12noon.
Campaign: Safe Campaigning Guidelines
Local Women Leading Change: online video: Your Campaign In Action
Councillor Induction Process
An extensive induction program for all newly-elected Councillors at the 2020 Council elections, has been prepared.
The program will begin as soon as possible after the Victorian Electoral Commission has finalised its declaration of all the election results.
The program will run from 16 November 2020 to March 2021.
Under the requirements of the Local Government Act 2020, all Councillors must complete the Council induction program.
View the program here: Councillor Induction Process (docx, 32KB)
Queries regarding these matters may be addressed to Nick Andrianis, Coordinator Civic and Governance: Nick.Andrianis@monash.vic.gov.au
Safe Campaigning Guidelines
Updated advice on safe campaigning for the October local government elections - by Local Government Victoria
Local Government Victoria and the Department of Health and Human Services have released updated Safe Campaign Guidelines for the October Local Government elections, reflecting the roadmap to reopening announced by the State Government on Sunday 6 September.
With separate advice for candidates in regional Victoria and Melbourne, the Safe Campaign Guidelines - September 2020 will ensure candidates can access advice on permitted campaign activity as it applies to their area.
A key change in the updated guidelines will see letterboxing and billboarding allowed in Melbourne from 11.59pm on 13 September under strict conditions.
The new guidelines are available at
The advice includes 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: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19
What if I didn't vote?
Voting is compulsory if you live in the Council area.
In early 2021, people who are registered to vote, live in the Council area and failed to vote at the Council election, will receive an ‘apparent failure to vote’ notice from the Victorian Electoral Commission.
They will be asked to return a form explaining why they failed to vote.
People who do not respond to this request or who provide an invalid response will be fined.