2020 Council Election

Local government general elections are held every four years in Victoria. The next Maribyrnong City Council general election will take place on 24 October 2020. Maribyrnong City Council is comprised of seven Councillors elected to three wards: River Ward (2 Councillors), Stony Creek Ward (2 Councillors) and Yarraville Ward (3 Councillors).

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

A person may stand as a candidate if enrolled or are entitled to be enrolled on the voters roll for the City of Maribyrnong. Once elected, a person must retain their entitlement to be enrolled to be able to continue as a Councillor.

Candidate Information Session

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and the Victorian Local Governance Association's (VLGA) candidate information sessions are designed to increase understanding of councils and council elections in the community, and of potential candidates leading up to the 2020 Council Elections. 

If you are thinking about running as a candidate in this year's local government elections, these candidate information session will provide everything you need to know about how local government functions and the journey from community member to candidate and councillor.

Four virtual sessions will be made available to potential candidates over June to September.  Sessions will cover topics such as the roles of councils and councillors, how local government works, how to develop an election platform, and campaigning.

Find out more and register here

Mandatory Training Session

Under the new requirements included in the Local Government Act 2020, all prospective candidates for the 2020 Election must complete the Victorian Government’s Local Government Candidate Training course to be eligible to nominate with the Victorian Electoral Commission. This includes all serving or former councillors intending to nominate.

Mandatory Local Government Candidate Training for the 2020 Local Government elections will be delivered through a short online course. Local Government Victoria has developed the online course in collaboration with the sector: it will be easily accessible online and take approximately an hour to complete. Further information is available on the LGV website and in the Information Kit for Candidates(PDF, 540KB).

Find out more and register here

Enrol to Vote

If you're an Australian citizen and you've recently turned 18 or moved, and you haven't enrolled or updated your address, or if you've just closed your post office box with Australia Post, you can enrol or update your details online at vec.vic.gov.au/enrolment.

Non-Australian citizens who occupy and pay rates on a property or business in the City of Maribyrnong, or people living outside the City of Maribyrnong who pay rates for a property they own in Maribyrnong City Council, can apply to the Council to enrol. Non-resident owners who were enrolled at the most recent election (including any by-elections) for Maribyrnong City Council will be automatically enrolled. Applications close at 4 pm on Friday 28 August. Further information is available from the VEC.

Election period

The election caretaker period begins on the last day that nominations can be received and ends at 6pm on election day. Our Election Period Policy (found below) ensures that Council business continues throughout this period in a responsible and transparent manner.

Useful resources

There is a range of useful resources for people who wanted to learn more about local government as a sector, and past council elections. Visit these websites if you would like more information:

Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)

Local Government Victoria (LGV)

Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA)

Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)

Australian Local Government Association (ALGA)

Australian Local Government Women's Association - Victoria Branch

Safe Campaigning Guidelines

Know Your Council

Want more information?

If you have any questions about council elections, contact the VEC on 131 832 or visit the VEC's website.