Council elections

Councillors are elected every 4 years to represent the community.

The next Council election will be held on Saturday, 24 October 2020.

View nominations

At this election, Banyule's profile will consist of 9 wards with 1 councillor elected as representative for each ward.

Voting at this election will take place by postal vote for all Victorian councils, including Banyule.
This uniform method of voting was
announced on 15 May by the Victorian Government.

Voting

Voting in Banyule is compulsory if you:

  • reside in the municipality and
  • your name is on the voters' roll.

Australian citizens can check their enrolment details with the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC).

You are already enrolled to vote for in our next election if you meet the following 3 criteria:

  1. you will be at least 18 years of age on election day
  2. you live in Banyule, and
  3. you are on the state electoral roll for your current address.  

You will receive a ballot pack in the post from the VEC in early October: complete and return it as soon as possible.

Voting closes at 6pm on Friday 23 October.

Learn how to vote in our first postal election

Voter education sessions

VEC is offering free online education sessions about voting in elections to communities, including:

  • people identifying with a with disability;
  • people experiencing homelessness;
  • people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds;
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; and
  • young people from all communities.

Book a session and be heard

Candidates

We maintain a Candidate Information Request Register that hosts all requests for information of a non-election nature by all candidates, and the responses given to those requests. 

View the Candidate Information Request Register

Safe campaigning

At 11:59pm on Sunday 13 September distribution of campaign material in letterboxes, including the placement of billboards and posters, will be allowed in metropolitan Melbourne.

Be aware of limitations in the Local Government Act that define what types of material can be published and authorised.

Candidates may be approached while campaigning by residents with service requests or complaints, and must not act as an intermediary between the resident and Council. We will only deal directly with the affected party. Candidates should direct residents to contact us at enquiries@banyule.vic.gov.au

What to expect

As a councillor, you will perform a diverse range of tasks. Council meetings are held approximately every 3 weeks on a Monday, with councillor briefing sessions held every other Monday. We have multiple advisory committees that councillors can elect to be part of.

The part-time role of a councillor is often undertaken while juggling family, community and paid work responsibilities: it will be up to you to determine how much time you spend on Council matters.

Councillor responsibilities

As a councillor, you will make important decisions on behalf of the community, including:

  • providing leadership and good governance to the community;
  • developing and maintaining community infrastructure like roads, drains, footpaths, building, recreation facilities and parks and gardens;
  • managing budgets;
  • planning for the future growth and development of the whole municipality;
  • contributing to policy and programs that impact the community;
  • provide a diverse range of property, economic, human, recreational and cultural services; and
  • reinforcing state and local laws relating to environmental protection, public health, traffic and parking and animal management.

The Victorian Government have built a comprehensive guide about local councils and how they work.

Support

A comprehensive induction for all councillors is undertaken at the start of each term, and continued training opportunities are offered throughout the entire term.

At the beginning of an elected term, all councillors are offered equipment to undertake their new roles, including a computer and mobile phone.

Financial allowances are provided within limits set by the Victorian Government, and include travel allowance for Council-related meetings and childcare.

Effective 1 December 2019

  • Councillor $31,444
  • Mayoral $100,434

Questions

If you want to know more about being a candidate, please contact Candidate Services at candidateservices@vec.vic.gov.au or Gina Burden, Manager Governance and Communication on 9490 4222.

Important dates

Take note of these important dates for the 2020 Banyule Council elections(PDF, 464KB).

For candidates

Action Date Description
Entitlement date Friday, 28 August @ 4pm You must be enrolled to vote by this date in order to nominate as a candidate.
Opening of election office Wednesday, 16 September The election office is the main point of contact for the VEC for voters and candidates. Candidates must nominate in person with the VEC at the election office.
Opening of nominations Thursday, 17 September Nominations open. You must nominate in person with the VEC at the election office.
Nomination day Tuesday, 22 September @ 12pm Nominations to be a candidate close at midday and a ballot draw follows to determine the order on the ballot papers.
Lodgement of candidate statements Wednesday, 23 September @ 12pm Candidates statements, photos and questionnaires close at 12pm.
Ballot packs mailed From 6 October Ballot packs posted to all registered voters. If there are any uncontested wards, information is posted regarding no need to vote.
Close of voting Friday, 23 October @ 6pm
Postal vote receipt Friday, 30 October @ 12pm Postal vote receipt period closes 12pm on Friday 30 October.
Declaration of election Friday, 13 November The results of the election will be declared by this date.

For voters

Action Date Description
Entitlement date Friday, 28 August @ 4pm You must be enrolled to vote by this date.
Opening of election office Wednesday, 16 September The election office is the main point of contact for the VEC for voters.
Opening of nominations Thursday, 17 September Nominations open. You must nominate in person with the VEC at the election office.
Ballot packs mailed From 6 October Ballot packs posted to all registered voters. If there are any uncontested wards, information is posted regarding no need to vote.
Close of voting Friday, 23 October @ 6pm
Postal vote receipt Friday, 30 October @ 12pm Postal vote receipt period closes 12pm on Friday 30 October.
Declaration of election Friday, 13 November The results of the election will be declared by this date.

Election Office

Banyule City Council Offices
Level 2, 1 Flintoff Street, Greensborough

Access to the election office is by appointment only.

Call 8619 1403 to book an appointment

Opening hours

Our election office will operate on weekdays from 9am- 5pm until Wednesday, 21 October 2020.

Extended hours include:

  • Thursday, 22 October 2020: 9am to 8 pm
  • Friday, 23 October 2020: 9am to 6pm