Victoria is holding local Council elections in October 2020.
The City of Kingston elections will be held in October and will be conducted via postal vote.
The Victorian Government has introduced new wards for the City of Kingston.
Previously, Kingston has been split into three wards (North, Central and South wards) with three councillors elected to represent each ward.
At this election, Kingston has been split into 11 wards, with one councillor to be elected to represent each ward.
Nominations close - 12pm Tuesday 22 September
Mailout of voting packs - 6-8 October
Close of voting - 23 October
A range of information on the election is available below. The Victorian Electoral Commission website also contains a range of information on the Kingston Council 2020 election.
What are Kingston’s new wards?
The Victorian Government has introduced new wards for the City of Kingston.
The 11 wards in Kingston are:
- Bunjil Ward
- Karkarook Ward
- Caruana Ward
- Wattle Ward
- Chicquita Ward
- Como Ward
- Melaleuca Ward
- Yammerbook Ward
- Sandpiper Ward
- Longeach Ward
- Banksia Ward
Find out more about the demographics of each ward.
View maps of the new wards:
Who must vote in Council elections?
Voting in council elections is compulsory for all residents 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.
You are already enrolled to vote in our next election if you meet the following 3 criteria:
- you will be at least 18 years of age on election day
- you live in Kingston, and
- you are on the state electoral roll for your current address.
Are you enrolled to vote?
You must be enrolled to vote by August 28 in order to vote, or run as a candidate, in the October 2020 Council elections.
To check your enrolment, or to update your details if you have moved in the past four years, visit the Victorian Electoral Commission Website.
Voter enrolment forms:
If you own a property in Kingston but are not otherwise on the voters roll such as non-Australian Citizens, and wish to enrol to vote please complete the Owner Ratepayer - Application for enrolment
If you rent a property in Kingston but are not otherwise on the voters roll such as non-Australian Citizens, and wish to enrol to vote please complete the Occupier Ratepayer - Application for enrolment
If you own a property in Kingston and want to change the enrolled owners listed for your property please complete the Owner Ratepayer - Variation of enrolled owners form
If you are the secretary/director of a corporation that owns property in Kingston and wish to apply to be appointed to vote on behalf of the corporation please complete the Corporation Owner - Appointment of voting representative form
If you are the secretary/director of a corporation that is renting a property in Kingston and wish to apply to be appointed to vote on behalf of the corporation please complete the Corporation occupier - Appointment of voting representative form
These forms can be posted back to Council, as per the details printed on the forms, or emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
If your personal circumstances do not fit the above criteria, please contact Governance Manager Phil De Losa via email@example.com or phone 9581 4710.
How do I place my vote?
The City of Kingston 2020 Council elections will be conducted via postal vote.
The elections are run by the Victorian Electoral Commission.
Voting packs will be sent to enrolled voters between October 6 and October 8.
(Please note: Voters in the same household may not receive their packs on the same day).
The voting packs will include information on all candidates in your ward and instructions on how to fill out the ballot form.
If you have not received your voting pack by Friday 16 October contact the VEC electorate office on 8619 1435.
Enrolled voters must complete the voting pack and put it in the return post by 6pm 23 October.
Who is running for Council?
Nominations for Kingston Council elections open on September 17 and close on September 22.
The Victorian Electoral Commission website will progressively list candidates as they lodge nominations.
A full list of candidates will also be posted on this webpage once the nomination period closes.
Information for candidates
Nominations for Council elections open September 17 and must be lodged in person with the Election Manager appointed by the VEC by noon September 22.
Election office: Building 25, 121 Rayhur Street, Clayton.
View the Notice of Election.
The Local Government Act 2020 was passed by the Victorian Parliament in March 2020 and includes new requirements for candidates that take effect at these local council general elections.
Under the Local Government Act 2020, a candidate must:
- be an Australian citizen (or qualified British subject) and enrolled on the voters roll for the council they wish to stand for
- be eligible to become a councillor should they be elected
- have completed the online mandatory local government candidate training before lodging their nomination with the Election Manager.
The VEC has prepared the Local Government 2020 - Candidate Handbook Postal to provide important information for candidates.
Further information for candidates is also available on the VEC webpage: Becoming a local council candidate
The Victorian Government has also released Campaigning for the 2020 council elections in Victoria: Guidelines for safe campaigning during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
VEC Candidate Information Presentation: The Victorian Electoral Commission has prepared a presentation for candidates to explain the nomination process for the 2020 local Council elections. View the presentation.
The VEC is also holding three interactive seminars for candidates across Victoria to ask questions about the nomination process and the election.
Seminars will be held via vec.vic.gov.au on:
- 7pm Wednesday 9 September
- 1pm Sunday 13 September
- 5pm Tuesday 15 September
Mandatory training now open
Community members considering running for Council elections in October must complete mandatory training under new Victorian Government requirements.
The mandatory training is delivered via an online module through the Local Government Victoria website.
If your unique circumstances prevent you from accessing the training, please contact Patrick O’Gorman on 1300 653 356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist you in the best way we can.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, counting of votes is expected to require greater time at this year’s elections.
For that reason, the VEC expects that final declarations for all councils may not be completed until 13 November 2020.
Council business during the Election Period
Most Council services will continue as normal during the Election Period.
However, Council will enter into a Caretaker Period from 22 September 2020 until the elections. During this time Council’s Election Period Policy ensures that the business of local government in the City of Kingston continues throughout an election period in a responsible and transparent manner.
It sets out actions and procedures in accordance with statutory requirements and established election period conventions in the interests of a fair election generally, during the election period. This Policy builds on the minimum statutory standards to enhance the accountability of the Council, Councillors and Council staff during the election period.
VEC Election Rules
Regulations for the 2020 Local Government Elections were formally gazetted in July 2020.
These regulations replace the Local Government (Electoral) Regulations 2016 and will apply for the forthcoming elections in October and beyond.
The regulations give force to the electoral provisions of the Local Government Act 2020.
They cover a range of different procedural matters and candidate requirements, including:
• Voter enrolment forms
• The content of ballot papers
• Candidate nomination forms and processes
• Candidate information for voters, including candidate statements and questionnaires
• Procedures for voting at elections
• Information for inclusion in postal ballot envelopes sent to voters
• Acceptance of postal ballot papers after the close of voting
• Content of campaign donation return forms
• Sending ‘failure to vote’ notices to apparent non-voters
• Prescribing certain reasonable excuses for non-voting
There are a small number of new matters set out in the regulations, including:
Over 70 voting exemption removed
Voters aged 70 and over are no longer be exempted from compulsory voting in council elections. Residents on the State roll aged 70 and over will be required to vote. For the 2024 elections, all voters 70 and over will be required to vote.
Mandatory candidate training
All candidates must complete a mandatory training course before they can nominate. The regulations set out how councils and Local Government Victoria will deliver the course in the leadup to the elections, including registration of attendees.
The regulations provide for training to occur face to face or by other means approved by the Minister. Work is currently underway to develop and implement an online training module for candidate training for this year’s elections.
Longer candidate statements
The number of words allowed in candidate statements increases from 200 to 300.
Please see Local Government (Electoral) Regulations 2020 for further information.