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Council elections

2024 Merri-bek City Council Elections

The next Victorian local council elections will be held by postal ballot in October 2024.

  • Close of Voters Roll

    4pm on Wednesday 7 August 2024

    Nominations Open

    Monday 9 September 2024

    Close of Nominations

    12 noon on Tuesday 17 September 2024

    Mailout of Ballot Packs

    Monday 7 October to Thursday 10 October 2024

    Close of Voting

    6pm on Friday 25 October 2024 (postal ballots must be in the mail by this time for your vote to be counted)

    Election Day

    Saturday 26 October 2024 (no in person voting)

    The Election is to be declared by no later than Friday 15 November 2024.

  • Who can vote?

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

    1. State-enrolled (automatically enrolled to vote in the 2024 Merri-bek City Council elections).
    2. Council-enrolled (must apply to be enrolled and include owner ratepayers, occupier ratepayers and corporation representatives).

    You can only vote once in each municipality, no matter how many properties you own or occupy.

    You must enrol before 4pm on Wednesday 7 August 2024.

    Voting is compulsory for everyone who is enrolled.

    1. State-enrolled voters

    If you are on the State electoral roll, you are automatically enrolled to vote in the 2024 council elections for your enrolled address (where you live).

    To be eligible to enrol on the State electoral roll you must be:

    • 18 years or older
    • an Australian citizen
    • have lived at your address in the city of Merri-bek for longer than one month.

    To check if you are enrolled on the State electoral roll or for more information visit the VEC website.

    There is no limit to the number of State-enrolled voters for any one property.

    1. Council-enrolled voters (ratepayers)

    Some ratepayers can apply to become council-enrolled voters in the city of Merri-bek if they are:

    • a property owner, occupier or represent a corporation
    • 18 years or older on election day (26 October 2024)
    • not a State-enrolled voter within the city of Merri-bek.

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

    These changes are explained below.

    2.1 Owner ratepayers

    You can apply to enrol in Merri-bek City Council elections if you:

    • own property and pay rates in the city of Merri-bek
    • are 18 years or older on election day (26 October 2024)
    • are not a State-enrolled voter who lives in the city of Merri-bek.

    This includes:

    • Australian citizens who own a property in the city of Merri-bek but do not live in the area (for example an investment or a holiday home)
    • non-citizens over 18 years who own a property and live in the city of Merri-bek.
    • Up to two (2) owner ratepayers can apply to enrol per property, but each person only gets one vote.

    To enrol, please complete the application form and submit to ratescontact@merri-bek.vic.gov.au. Please note that the application form must be hand signed and scanned for submission. Unsigned forms or forms with typed signatures will not be accepted.

    Owner or Occupier Ratepayer - Resignation of Enrolment- please complete the resignation form and submit to ratescontact@merri-bek.vic.gov.au.

    2.2 Occupier ratepayers

    You can apply to enrol in Merri-bek City Council elections if you:

    • pay rates for a property that you occupy but do not own
    • are 18 years or older on election day (26 October 2024)
    • are not a State-enrolled voter.

    This includes where you operate a business out of a commercial property.

    Up to two (2) occupier ratepayers per property can apply to enrol, but each person only gets one vote.

    To enrol, please complete the application form and submit to ratescontact@merri-bek.vic.gov.au. Please note that the application form must be hand signed and scanned for submission. Unsigned forms or forms with typed signatures will not be accepted.

    NOTE: Occupier ratepayers must reapply before every general council election.

    Owner or Occupier Ratepayer - Resignation of Enrolment - please complete resignation form and submit to ratescontact@merri-bek.vic.gov.au.

    2.3 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 city of Merri-bek
    • have consented to being appointed as the corporation’s representative
    • are not already a State-enrolled voter or council-enrolled voter for the city of Merri-bek.

    Only one (1) person can apply to enrol as the corporation’s representative.

    To enrol, please complete the application form and submit to ratescontact@merri-bek.vic.gov.au. Please note that the application form must be hand signed and scanned for submission. Unsigned forms or forms with typed signatures will not be accepted.

    Corporate Representative - Revocation of appointment - please complete the revocation form and submit to ratescontact@merri-bek.vic.gov.au.

    Corporate Representative - Resignation of appointment - please complete the resignation form and submit to ratescontact@merri-bek.vic.gov.au.

    NOTE: Corporate representatives must reapply before every general council election.

    Other information

    Silent Voter - Requests that address not be shown - You must complete a separate application.  Please complete the silent voter request form and submit to ratescontact@merri-bek.vic.gov.au.

    Voting is compulsory

    It is compulsory for every person enrolled to vote at the 2024 local council elections. This requirement then continues for every council election and by-election thereafter and applies whether you are a State-enrolled or council-enrolled voter.

    Exemptions to compulsory voting are prescribed in regulation 84 of the Local Government (Electoral) Regulations 2020.

  • To check if you are a State-enrolled or council-enrolled voter in the City of Merri-bek, either:

  • The Victorian Electoral Commission website and the State Government Local Government Victoria website and this website will be progressively updated in the lead up to the 2024 election.

    Information sessions for Prospective Candidates

    Councillors elected in the Council election on 26 October 2024 will play a significant role in determining the future of Merri-bek.

    If you are passionate about the Merri-bek community and would like to contribute to the city’s future, you may consider running as a candidate.

    Information sessions for prospective candidates

    MAV information sessions

    MAV are hosting a range of information sessions providing important information regarding the 2024 council elections, the role of council and the responsibilities of being a Councillor.  

    A range of hybrid (in-person and online) sessions will be delivered across Victoria between May and August 2024. They will include CEO panels from respective CEOs from the region where prospective candidates can learn more and ask questions directly of their Council.  

    Prospective candidates can attend any of the information sessions though registrations are required. The session nearest to Merri-bek is:

    When: Thursday 18 July, 6.30pm–8.30pm 
    Location: Hosted by Hume City Council, Townhall Broadmeadows — 10 Dimboola Road, Broadmeadows 

    For more information and to register, visit the MAV's Community and Candidate Information Session.

    Youth X Stand for Council

    Because MAV know that young people are under-represented on councils, they are also running a one off, online session for young people to hear from other young people about being involved in and running for council, and about supports and help to become involved. This session is open to those between 16-25 years of age.

    When: Tuesday 4 June, 6pm–8pm
    Location: Online

    For more information and to register, visit the MAV's Youth X Stand for Council Candidate information session.

    Women X Stand for Council 

    In the lead up to the 2024 Victorian local government election, the MAV is encouraging greater participation of women in local government as councillors, in recognition of their under-representation in this space.  

    The MAV is hosting a women-focussed information session in partnership with Kingston City Council. Hear from former councillors Bernadene Voss (City of Port Phillip, 2014–2020), Tamara Barth (City of Kingston 2012–2020) and Cr Claudia Nguyen (councillor at City of Yarra, not standing at the 2024 election) about their experiences of being a councillor. You will also hear from the Australian Women in Local Government Association (ALGWA) who will outline the program of events, support and mentoring they provide to female councillors and other programs that support women such as Pathways to Politics and Women for Election

    When: Wednesday 26 June, 6.30pm–8.30pm 

    Location: Online and in-person, 1230 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham

    For more information and to register, visit the MAV's Women X Stand for Council Candidate information session.

    Merri-bek Council information sessions

    In the lead up to the election, Council will be hosting information sessions for prospective candidates to understand the role and responsibility of a Councillor and to provide information about the projects and services provided by Council.

    The dates and venues for these sessions are to be determined.  

    Other resources

    The following resources are available to assist you in deciding whether to nominate as a candidate in the Council election:

    VEC — Becoming a local council candidate

    MAV — Stand for Council

    The City of Merri-bek is committed to encouraging diversity in people nominating for and being elected to Council. Please find the link below to an external resource which may be of assistance:

  • The VEC deliver free online voter education sessions about elections to communities including people with a disability, experiencing homelessness, from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and young people from all communities. Voter education sessions can be delivered in some community languages and the VEC can provide interpreters.

    For more information or to book a session click here or you can e-mail education@vec.vic.gov.au or call on 131 832, or in other languages (03) 9209 0112, or via the National Relay Service (03) 8620 1100.