Council elections

Council elections are conducted every four years on the fourth Saturday in October.  The next local council election is on 24 October 2020.

This year’s election will be conducted by post.  Ballot papers will be mailed to voters and will include voting instructions, candidate information, a ballot paper, and a reply-paid envelope. Postal voting is completely confidential.

The election will be conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), the statutory provider of election services for all council elections in Victoria.

The last Hobsons Bay City Council election was on 22 October 2016 and was conducted by postal voting.

Voting in the local council election on 24 October 2020 is compulsory. 

Voters must confirm they are enrolled on either the state electoral roll or their council roll before Friday, 28 August 2020.

For more information on the upcoming elections visit the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), including a candidate information page and profile for Hobsons Bay.   


Candidates for 2020 Council Election

Nominations for the 2020 local council elections are now closed. Click here for the complete list of candidates.


Election Period Policy

On 25 August 2020, Council adopted the Hobsons Bay Election Period Policy as per section 69  of the Local Government Act 2020. Section 69 requires Council to include an Election Period Policy in its Governance Rules.  The policy sets out procedures to be applied by Council during the election period for a general election.

Hobsons Bay Election Period Policy 2020.pdf(PDF, 386KB)


Political Advertising - Election Signage 

Signage_Advice_Election_2020.pdf(PDF, 348KB)


Candidate Information Request Register

Section 11 of the Hobsons Bay Election Period Policy mandates that all candidates have equal rights to access public information relevant to their election campaigns from the Council administration. 

A Candidate Information Request Register will be maintained from 17 September 2020 to 24 October 2020. Requests will be updated regularly by Council’s Governance team. All requests by candidates will be added to this register to ensure equity of information for all candidates.

Any enquiries regarding the Candidate Information Request Register can be directed to Council’s Governance team on 9932 1047.

Candidate_Information_Request_Register_Election_Period_2020.docx(DOCX, 193KB)


“It’s our time” campaign

“It’s our time” campaign encourages women to put their hand up for council.  The Victorian Government has a target of 50 per cent of women on Council by 2025. At the 2016 election, 34.1 per cent of those elected to Councils across Victoria were women. The “It’s our time” campaign can be accessed here.


Council election information one click away on VEC website

Victorians unsure which local council election they must vote in can quickly and easily check using the ‘Find My Council’ feature on the Victorian Electoral Commission’s website.

Find My Council puts you one click away from finding out about voting deadlines, the candidates who have nominated in your area, and when the time comes, the results for your council’s election.

To find out more about the new feature or to access information about the October 2020 local council elections, visit


Election Campaign Donation Returns

The Local Government Act 2020 requires all candidates of a council election to submit an election campaign donation return to the Council’s Chief Executive Officer within 40 days after the election day.

The Chief Executive Officer must:

  • submit a report to the Minister specifying the names of the persons who were candidates in the election and the names of those candidates who submitted an election campaign donation return
  • ensure that a summary of each election campaign donation return is made available on the Council’s website until the close of the roll for the next general election
  • ensure that a copy of an election campaign donation return is available for inspection at Council's offices for a period of 4 years from the date that it is given.