Council Elections 2020

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Council general elections take place every four years on the fourth Saturday in October. The next local council general election day is nominated as Saturday 24 October 2020, however all Victorian council elections in 2020 will take place by postal vote, to be completed and mailed back in the lead up to election day.. 

Under the Local Government Act the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is the statutory provider for all council elections.

Council elections provide enrolled voters with the opportunity to elect people to represent the local municipality. The number of councillors elected and the municipality's electoral structure are determined by the Minister for Local Government.

The Surf Coast Shire municipality is divided into four wards represented by nine councilors:

  • Anglesea Ward (two councillors)
  • Lorne Ward (one councillor)
  • Torquay Ward (four councillors)
  • Winchelsea Ward (two councillors)

You can read more about your current councillors on the Councillors page on our website.

Information about the Surf Coast Shire Council profile including ward boundaries is available from the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) website.

Information about the role and governance framework of local government is available from the Know Your Council website.  


The next election will be run as a postal vote, and ballot packs are expected to be mailed out by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) between October 5 and 7.

Enrolment for this election will close at 4pm on Friday 28 August 2020. For more information on enrolling for local council elections please refer to the Enrolling for local council elections page of the VEC website.

If you are not currently enrolled on the electoral role for Surf Coast Shire, but are still eligible to vote in the council election due to property ownership or occupancy, you will need to enrol before you can vote.

You can access the council enrolment forms here. These will need to be returned to Council by 4pm on Friday 28 August 2020.


Prospective candidates are encouraged to view information on the Stand for Council website, which has information about the requirements, roles and responsibilities in relation to becoming a candidate/councillor in local government. 

You can find more information on becoming a local council candidate on the VEC website.

Community and Candidate Information Session

Prospective candidates or interested community members are encouraged to register for an online information session that provides information about the electoral process, local government and the role of a councillor. Details for the session are below.

Thursday 13 August 2020
3pm to 5pm
Conducted via Zoom. Register at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples - Candidate and Community Information Sessions 

Members of the community are invited to register for the Your Community, Country & Council Live Forums. The forums are designed by and for Aboriginal peoples interested in knowing more about being a councillor, the complexities of local government and to encourage participation in the 2020 Local Government elections - either as a voter or candidate.

All forums will be conducted via Zoom and will be interactive.

12 August 10:30am Charles Pakana will be joined by Shahni Wellington Political Correspondent with NITV.

19 August 10:30am Charles Pakana will be talking with Georgia Cromarty from the VEC.

To find out more and to register for the forums please click here.

Nominating as a Candidate

If you decide to enrol as a candidate, this process is managed by the VEC. You can read more on Becoming a council election candidate on the VEC's website.

Mandatory Candidate Online Training Session

In accordance with the Local Government Act 2020, anyone wishing to nominate as a candidate must complete the separate mandatory Candidate Training Session provided by Local Government Victoria before being able to nominate. Prospective candidates can access the training direct via the Local Government Victoria Candidate Training page. This training must be completed by 5pm on 21 September, 2020.

FAQs for candidates can be accessed here(DOCX, 2MB).

Provision of information to candidates

For information that has been provided to nominated candidates in the 2020 Surf Coast Shire council elections during the election period (between 22 September and 24 October 2020) please click here.

Election policies

Council has policies specifically related to elections and the election period. Candidates and community members are encouraged to have a look at these policies to understand how Council operates during this time.

More information about council elections and how councils operate

The following websites have valuable information about council elections and how they are governed:

About the Surf Coast Shire

Information about the shire is available on the VEC website, the Know Your Council website and Council’s website.

Information about Council

Prospective candidates, nominated candidates and the community are encouraged to have a look at the following webpages to help gain a better understanding of the Surf Coast Shire Council. 

For further information please contact Customer Service on (03) 5261 0600.