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.

Becoming a candidate

Interested in becoming a candidate in the 2024 local government elections? Visit our Candidates page below for more information.

Information for Candidates 

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

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 7 August 2024 at 4pm.