Enrolment

On this page you will find information relating to:


Voter types

In a Victorian local council election there are two types of voters:

  1. State-enrolled.
  2. Council-enrolled.

Regardless of the type of voter you are, voters have one vote in an election.

If you are a state-enrolled voter and you live in the City of Maribyrnong, that is the enrolment you use to vote.

If you are a state-enrolled voter in another municipality but you are a ratepayer in the City of Maribyrnong, you may be eligible to also vote in the Maribyrnong City Council election this year. See further details below to understand eligibility for council-enrolled voters. 


State-enrolled voters

You must enrol and vote if you:

  • Are 18 years or older.
  • Are an Australian citizen.
  • Have lived at your address in Maribyrnong City Council for longer than one month.

For more information and to enroll, visit the VEC website.


Council-enrolled voters (ratepayers)

Some ratepayers can apply to become council-enrolled voters in Maribyrnong City Council if they are:

  • A property owner, occupier or represent a corporation.
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Not a State-enrolled voter within the Maribyrnong City Council area.

These are known as council-enrolled voters.

The rules for council-enrolled voters have changed ahead of the 2024 council elections.

These changes are explained below.


Owner ratepayers

You can apply to enrol in Maribyrnong City Council if you:

  • Own property and pay rates in the council area.
  • Are 18 years of age or older.
  • Are not a state-enrolled voter who lives in Maribyrnong City Council.

This includes:

  • Australian citizens who own a property in Maribyrnong City Council but do not live in the area (for example an investment or a holiday home).
  • Non-citizens over 18 who own a property and live in Maribyrnong City Council.

Up to two ratepayers can apply to enrol per property, but each person only gets one vote.


Occupier ratepayers

You can apply to enrol in Maribyrnong City Council if you:

  • Pay rates for a property that you occupy but do not own.
  • Are 18 or older.
  • Are not a state-enrolled voter.

Up to two people per property can apply to enrol, but each person only gets one vote.


Corporations

You can apply to enrol to vote on behalf of a corporation if you:

  • Are a director or company secretary of a corporation that pays rates (either as an owner or an occupier) in the council area.
  • Have consented to being appointed as the corporation’s representative.
  • Are not already a state-enrolled voter or council-enrolled voter for the same council.

Only one person can apply to enrol as the corporation’s representative.


Meeting the Enrolment Criteria

If you meet any of these criteria, you can contact Council by phoning 03 9688 0390 or send an email to election@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au to apply to enrol.

Once you are enrolled, you must vote in the Maribyrnong City Council election in October 2024 and in all Council elections from that point. If you don’t vote, you may be fined.


Resigning your enrolment

If you don’t want to vote for that property anymore, and wish to resign your enrolment you can contact Council by phoning 03 9688 0390 or sending an email to election@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au.


Expiry of enrolment

Occupier, ratepayer, and corporation enrolment expires before the next local government general election.

If you want to continue to vote, you must apply to enrol again before the next local council general election (2028).

Maribyrnong City Council will send you an invitation when it is time to renew your enrolment.

Owner ratepayers’ enrolment does not expire, but they can apply to resign their enrolment.


More information

To apply to become or check if you are a council enrolled voter in Maribyrnong City Council, contact us on election@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au.

For information about Victorian elections, visit the VEC website.