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Key dates when running as a councillor in South Gippsland Shire Council election 2021

Local council election key dates.

By news@gippsland - 2nd June 2021 - Back to News

Visit South Gippsland election for information about running for Council including the process, timelines and what it means to be a Councillor.

Visit the local council elections website and know about the key dates for the election period

Visit the local council elections website and know about the key dates for the election period

Who can be a candidate?

To be a candidate for a local council election, you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or an eligible British subject referred to in section 48(1)(a) of the Constitution Act 1975
  • Be aged 18 years of age
  • Be enrolled on the voters' roll for the council in which you wish to stand
  • Have completed the mandatory Local Government Candidate Training
  • Not be disqualified from being a councillor

You cannot be a candidate for any of the following reasons:

  • You are an undischarged bankrupt
  • You have property that is subject to control under the law relating to bankruptcy
  • You are a member of council staff of the council. You can take leave from this role in order to nominate
  • You have been convicted of any of the criminal offences referred to in section 34(2) of the Act

Also, you cannot be a candidate for the following reasons :

  • You are a councillor with another council, including inter state councils
  • You are member of an Australian Parliament, including the Federal Parliament or a Member of Parliament in any state or territory of the Commonwealth of Australia
  • You are employed by a Federal or State Member of Parliament as a Ministerial Officer, a Parliamentary Adviser or an Electorate Officer. You can take leave from these roles in order to nominate
  • You are otherwise incapable of becoming or continuing to be a councillor

Further details are outlined in the Local Government Act 2020.

Do candidates need to live in the area?

To become a candidate, you must be enrolled for the council in which you wish to stand. If the council has wards, you can be a candidate for any ward in the council.

Key Dates

Key DateEvent
15 September 2021Election office in Leongatha opens to the public (site to be confirmed)
16 September 2021Candidate nominations open
21 September 2021Candidate nominations close
22 October 2021Last votes must be posted/lodged by 6.00pm to Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)
23 October 2021Election Day
29 October 2021Last votes received by 12.00pm by the VEC

Election declaration occurs during this timeframe once vote counting is finalised on 30 October to 5 November 2021. Find out more about enrolling in local council elections.

Pictures from COTA Victoria website.


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