General elections are held every four years and local councillors make decisions on a range of issues, including:
- maternal health and child care
- sporting and recreation facilities
- libraries and community centres
- animal registrations
- rubbish and recycling
- planning and building regulations
- local roads and footpaths.
Online information session for potential local councillors
Community members interested in becoming a local councillor are invited to an online information session to prepare for the 2020 elections.
Voting for Kingston Council elections will take place in October 2020 with nominations for the Council elections due on Tuesday 22 September.
Interested community members are invited to join an online information session to find out more about becoming a local councillor.
The information session will cover:
- roles and responsibilities of local councillors
- the many services and facilities provided by Council for the community
- experiences of former Councillors
- the election process
- mandatory candidate training information sessions.
Join in the online session at 5.45pm (for a 6pm start) to 8pm on Wednesday 3 June.
Or alternatively you can access the meeting from the Zoom website by inserting the Meeting ID: 823 9275 5905
If you have trouble accessing the meeting, please contact City of Kingston Governance Manager Phil DeLosa on 0400 508 214.
Please note: this is an information session only and does not qualify as the mandatory candidate training all candidates must undertake in accordance with the Local Government Act 2020. The City of Kingston will also be hosting mandatory training sessions and dates will be announced shortly.
For further information on the Candidate Information Session please contact Council’s Governance Department on 1300 653 356.
The City of Kingston is divided into three wards; Central, North and South Wards.
Central Ward includes Cheltenham, Mentone, Parkdale, Moorabbin Airport, Mordialloc and Braeside.
North Ward includes Highett, Moorabbin, Oakleigh South, Clayton South, Clarinda, Heatherton and Dingley Village.
South Ward includes Aspendale, Waterways, Chelsea, Chelsea Heights, Bonbeach, Carrum and Patterson Lakes.
This ward structure came into effect at the November 2008 election as a result of an electoral representation review conducted in 2007. Further information about the profile of the City of Kingston can be found on the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) website.
Voting in council elections is compulsory for all residents aged under 70 who are listed on the voters' roll. Residents on the voters' roll who do not vote may be fined if they do not have an acceptable reason.
Everyone who has enrolled to vote in State and Federal elections is automatically enrolled to vote in Council elections. This typically applies to Australian citizens aged 18 and over who have lived at their current address for at least one month. Voting is compulsory for this category of voter.
Owners of property who are listed on Council’s rate records as not living at their property will automatically be included on the voters’ roll, however only two owners can be enrolled per property.
Those who don’t fit in to either of the above categories, i.e. are not Australian citizens, but own a property in the City of Kingston and are aged 18 and over, can apply to be enrolled on the voters’ roll. Up to two owners per property may apply.
Up to two owners of a property may apply to be enrolled in place of the owners if they pay the rates and with the agreement of the owners, unless the Council rate notice is addressed directly to the occupiers. Council encourages occupiers of shops and commercial and industrial properties to be enrolled and vote (provided the above applies).
A corporation owning or occupying a property in the City and which pays the rates, may appoint either a director or company secretary to represent it on the voters’ roll. The person it appoints cannot be otherwise eligible to vote in the municipality.