Local Government election

The next local council elections will be held on 26 October 2024. All local government elections are conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

Change to Hepburn Shire's Electoral Structure

Following a review in 2023, the Minister for Local Government has announced a new electoral structure for Hepburn Shire.

The changes will move our Shire from 5 wards with 7 Councillors, to no wards with 7 Councillors. Voters will be able to vote for any candidate, regardless of where they or the candidate live in the municipality.

The new structure will take effect from the next local government election in October 2024.

The full report is available on the Local Government Victoria website at https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/council-governance/electoral-representation-advisory-panels-eraps

Becoming a candidate

Nominations for local government elections close on 24 September 2024. To be a candidate for a local council election, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • be aged 18 years of age
  • be enrolled on the voters' roll for the council in which you wish to stand
  • have completed the mandatory Local Government Candidate Training
  • not be disqualified from being a councillor.

See the VEC website for more information.

Voting in Local Government elections

The election will be conducted by mail.

If you are enrolled to vote on the State electoral roll with an address in Hepburn Shire, you will be required to vote in the local government election. 

If you are a rate-payer, but do not reside in the municipality, you are also eligible to enrol to vote. More information about this process will be available in the coming months.

Voting is compulsory for all enrolled voters. Enrolment will close on 30 August 2024.