Election and Voting

Every four years, Monash residents and ratepayers vote to elect 11 Councillors to represent the community.

During the Election Period, from midnight Tuesday 22 September 2020 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.

Council elections are conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) as required under the Local Government Act 1989.

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: info@vec.vic.gov.au

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

Postal voting 2020

The upcoming City of Monash General Elections will be held by full postal voting.

Read more: Timeline for the 2020 local council general election

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

Queries regarding these matters may be addressed to Nick Andrianis, Coordinator Civic and Governance: Nick.Andrianis@monash.vic.gov.au

Since 1997, Monash Council has used the postal method of voting, rather than attendance voting, as postal voting is considered the most efficient and accessible method of voting.

The last election was held in late October 2016.

Safe Campaigning Guidelines

Advice on safe campaigning for the October local government elections - by Local Government Victoria.

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 are available at www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/resilience-and-emergency-management/coronavirus-covid-19-information

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

Caretaker period during Council elections

Council elections are happening in Victoria in October. During the Election Period, from midnight Tuesday 22 September until 6pm Saturday 24 October, Councils must comply with special arrangements. This is in accordance with the Local Government Act 2020. 

The Act states that the Election Period starts on the last day on which nominations for the election can be received and finishes at 6pm on the election day.

During the Election Period, Council enters what is known as a caretaker period. This ensures that:

  • council actions don't interfere with the election process, and the election process is conducted in an ethical, fair and equitable way.
  • safeguards the authority of the incoming council.

During the Election/Caretaker Period: 

  • councils are prohibited from making certain types of decisions
  • material produced by councils must not contain matter that will affect voting at the election.

Monash Council has a Governance Policy that includes information on our Election Period Policy. 

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.

Council election results (2016)

In the October 2016 elections, five first-time Councillors were elected to Monash Council, alongside six Councillors with previous experience.

To find out more about your elected Councillors, please see: Councillors section.

For more details on the Monash election results, see the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) website.

Candidates' campaign donation returns

All candidates at a Council election are required to submit a "candidate's campaign donation return".

In this return, all candidates must disclose any donation valued at $500 or more, which they received for their election campaign.

Here is the summary of the campaign donation returns for the 2016 Council election.

Candidates' campaign returns for the 2016 Council election (pdf, 94KB) (updated 18 April 2017).

Please note: A blank entry next to a candidate's name denotes that a campaign donation return has not been received from that candidate at the time of the publication of this summary.

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Last updated: 22 September 2020