Towong Shire

2020 Council Elections

 Caretaker Period/Arrangements

Victorian Councils observe special arrangements during the period leading up to a general Council election. 

Council is in Caretaker Mode between 23 September 2020 until 6pm on 24 October 2020.

The special caretaker arrangements that apply to Victorian Councils broadly aim to avoid the use of public resources in a way that may unduly affect the election result. They also minimise Councils making certain types of decisions that may unduly limit the decision-making ability of the incoming Council.

For more information, see Council’s Governance Rules, Chapter 9 'Election Period Policy'.


Your Council, your vote: Towong Shire Council 2020 Election

 The Towong Shire Council election will be held this October.

The Victorian Electoral Commission is preparing to deliver local Council elections during the extraordinary circumstances of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Elections are to be conducted entirely by post ‚Äď a safe and completely secret method of voting.

Local Council general elections are held every four years and Councillors make decisions on a range of important local issues and services, including:

  • maternal health and childcare
  • sporting and recreation facilities
  • libraries and community centres
  • animal registrations
  • rubbish and recycling
  • planning and building regulations
  • local roads and footpaths

We strongly encourage all eligible voters to vote this October. Voting is compulsory for State-enrolled Australian citizens aged 18 years or older, and you may be fined if you don’t vote.

Election Timeline

Friday 28 August: Roll closes at 4 pm

Thursday 17 September: Candidate nominations open

Tuesday 22 September: Candidate nominations close at 12 noon

Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 October: Mail-out of ballot packs

Friday 23 October: Voting closes at 6 pm

Friday 13 November: Latest date all results will be declared.

Election Information

The Victorian Electoral Commission conduct elections on behalf of all Victorian councils.

For detailed and up to date information about how to enrol, vote, information on candidates and more, visit Towong Shire Council election on the VEC website, or call the VEC on 131 832.


Stand for Council

The decisions of Councils affect the lives of everyone in our community. Becoming a Councillor is a great hands-on way to serve your community and positively influence future directions and outcomes for your municipality. 

Towong Shire has five Councillors elected for a four year term who work together to provide a vision, strategic direction and policies for the municipality.

If you are considering running for council, visit the dedicated Stand for Council webpage for all the relevant information including key dates and resources. 

You can also find helpful information for candidates at Victorian Electoral Commission.


Local Government Victoria Mandatory Candidate Training

All candidates will need to complete mandatory Candidate Training (LG Act 2020) run by Local Government Victoria. The online modules will be available throughout August/September. Visit

Find a mandatory training session here


Towong Shire Candidate Information Session

On August 26 Towong Shire Council ran an online information session with Municipal Association of Victoria, for community and candidate information sessions for prospective candidates - thank you to all who attended.


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