Council elections

Next election

Local government elections are held every four years. Voting in this year's elections close at 6pm, Friday 25 October 2024.

The elections are managed by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), with all voting done by post.

Leading up to the October elections, we will be regularly updating this web page. 

Put your hand up to become a Councillor in 2024

Becoming a Councillor is a great opportunity to represent your community and to help make decisions for the benefit of all residents and ratepayers.

So we can better serve our community we encourage people from a variety of backgrounds to put up their hand up and help make a difference.

Candidate information sessions

One-on-one information sessions between potential candidates and Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Darren Fuzzard, and/or Mayor Matthew Driscoll, and/or Deputy Mayor Rosie Annear are available.

They are an opportunity for potential candidates to ask questions and have an informal discussion to understand the role properly and find out more about Council.

To book, email or call the Governance team on 03 5471 1700.

Read more about the one-on-one sessions for potential candidates.

Other information sessions
Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) candidate resources

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) has put together information and a detailed handbook to help candidates understand the nomination process. This is the most up-to-date version available at this time.

Visit the VEC Become a local Council candidate page.

Municipal Association of Victoria candidate information

In partnership with Victorian councils, the MAV is delivering a number of information sessions for prospective candidates from 15 May to 28 August 2024. These sessions can be attended in-person or online.

For dates and more information, visit the MAV Stand for Council page and the MAV Women Standing for Council page.

Victorian Local Governance Association

Visit the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) website for online information sessions including, Standing for Local Government and Local Women Leading Change.

Do you have to vote? 

Voting is compulsory.

In Victoria, if you are enrolled to vote, you must vote in all Federal, State and council elections. If you do not vote, you may get a fine.

How to enrol and vote

You must be enrolled to vote if:

  • you are an Australian citizen, or eligible British subject
  • aged 18 years and over
  • have lived at your address for at least one month.

If you are 16 or 17 you can enrol now so when you turn 18 you'll be able to vote.

How to enrol

If you are an Australian citizen who lives in Victoria you can check your enrolment details online at Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) website at any time.

You can enrol to vote online, by visiting a post office or by mail or email.

Online: visit the Australia Electoral Commission website.

Post office: forms are also available from your local post office.

By mail or email: An Occupier ratepayer application form can be filled out for those who wish to apply to be a council-enrolled voter. See mail and email details on the form.

How to vote

Mount Alexander Shire Council elections are conducted by postal voting by the VEC. All voting information can be found on the VEC website.

A new ward structure for our shire

Mount Alexander Shire’s ward structure is changing. Instead of there being five wards and seven councillors, in the October 2024 election, Mount Alexander Shire will be divided into eight wards and there will be one councillor in each ward. 

See the ward structure below: 

  • Barkers Creek Ward
  • Calder Ward
  • Campbells Creek Ward
  • Coliban Ward
  • Forest Creek Ward
  • Loddon River Ward
  • Moonlight Creek Ward
  • Tarrengower Ward

View the new Mount Alexander Shire ward boundary map(PDF, 940KB).