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

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.

Upcoming Candidate Information Sessions

The below sessions are offered to provide potential candidates with information about the role of a Councillor and the role of local government. Note: the mandatory candidate training will be offered by the VEC. The below sessions do not meet this requirement. 

Session  Facilitator Date Location Information / Registration
Stand for Council (Loddon Campaspe) Municipal Association of Victoria Wednesday 15 May 2024, 6:30pm to 8:30pm Kyneton Town Hall / Virtual MAV
Standing for Local Government Victorian Local Governance Association Friday 17 May 2024 - 12pm to 1:30pm Virtual (Zoom)  VLGA
Local Women Leading Change  Victorian Local Governance Association Friday 24 May 2024 - 12pm to 1:30pm


Virtual (Zoom)


Stand for Council (Wimmera / Southern Mallee) Municipal Association of Victoria Thursday 8 August 2024 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm Ballarat Town Hall / Virtual MAV


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 30 August 2024.