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

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 approximately $150.

People are required to vote in the municipality and ward where their principal place of residence is located.

You can check if you are correctly enrolled at your principal place of residence and make any necessary changes to your enrolment by visiting the Victorian Electoral Commission website.

Absentee ratepayers

Under the Local Government Act 1989, people can vote in a municipality where they own property even if they don't live in that municipality. This is known as an absentee ratepayer.

People are only entitled to one vote in any single municipality. For example, if you own multiple properties in the City of Yarra, you may still only vote once in the Yarra City Council elections.

Council automatically enrols most absentee ratepayers without requiring an application. There are exceptions to this:   

  • if there are more than two owners, a maximum of two can be enrolled.
  • if an owner is a corporation, the council will not automatically enrol it. A corporation can apply to enrol one of its directors or company secretaries as a voter.
  • if an owner lives at the property the council will not automatically enrol them because they will normally be on the state electoral roll. A resident owner, who is not on the State roll, can apply for enrolment on the council roll.

It is not compulsory for absentee ratepayers to vote in municipalities where they do not live. 

If you wish to check if you are enrolled as an absentee ratepayer, contact David Slater, Revenue Services Coordinator, on 9205 5261 or David.Slater@yarracity.vic.gov.au 

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.

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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