Election information

The next Yarra City Council elections will be held on Saturday, 22 October 2016.

The Victorian Electoral Commission is responsible for conducting all Victorian local government elections and will be conducting elections across Victoria on this day.

Unlike many other municipalities, Yarra City Council elections are held by attendance ballot, meaning you will have to attend a polling place on Saturday, 22 October 2016 or make an application for a postal vote or lodge a pre-poll vote in advance of election day.

Voting in Council elections

Do I have to vote?
Voting in Council elections is compulsory for most people on the electoral roll, although people aged 70 years or older are not required to vote. Failure to vote will attract a penalty of $78.
People are required to vote in the municipality and ward where their principal place of residence is located.

Where can I vote? 
Find voting centre locations at http://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/hot-topics/your-council-your-vote-yarra-city-council-2016-elections/

Where can I find candidate information?
The Victoria Electoral Commission https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/yarraElection/

Why do I have to vote?
Your vote can help better the community! Local councillors make decisions on a range of issues including planning and building regulations, and parks and recreation facilities.

Enrolments for the Yarra City Council electoral roll have now closed. You can check if you are correctly enrolled at your principal place of residence by visiting the Victorian Electoral Commission website.

Election period caretaker arrangements

In the lead up to the election, Council will operate in caretaker mode (from Wednesday, 21 September 2016 to Saturday, 22 October 2016). This means that the current Council will avoid making significant new policies or decisions that could unreasonably bind a future Council. During this period, Council will continue to decide upon statutory matters, such as planning permit applications, and carry out its normal everyday services.

Council’s election period policy sets out the restrictions applying to the organisation and the candidates (including sitting Councillors) during the caretaker period. The election period policy is available for download and is also available at Council’s customer service centres and can be posted out on request to Council’s Governance Department on 9205 5302 or governancesupport@yarracity.vic.gov.au.

Queries about the application of Council’s election period policy can be directed to Ivan Gilbert, Group Manager Chief Executive’s Office, on 9205 5110 or ivan.gilbert@yarracity.vic.gov.au.

Political advertising and campaigning on Council controlled land and assets

To outline the procedure in respect to the advertising and occupation of Council land & assets to ensure fairness and compliance with the City of Yarra General Local Law and the Environment Protection Act 1970 Council has pdf format Political advertising and campaigning on Council controlled land and assets (165.12 KB) procedure.

Further information

All queries relating to the conduct of the election should be directed to the Victorian Electoral Commission.

There are a number of resources available for persons considering nominating for election to Council:

Further information
Ivan Gilbert
Executive Manager - Governance
9205 5110

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