Information for election candidates

Published on 03 August 2020

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Council will go to the polls in October, and you will be provided with a postal ballot pack to cast your vote. This page contains information about the election, and information for potential candidates. 

The Victorian Electoral Commission will carry out the 2020 elections for all of the Councils which are having elections.

Pyrenees has five elected Councillors across five wards; one member in each.

The mandatory Local Government Candidate Training course for the 2020 elections is now available online.

Under new requirements included in the Local Government Act 2020, candidates must complete the course to be eligible to nominate with the Victorian Electoral Commission. This includes all serving or former councillors intending to nominate.

The online course will take around an hour to complete and ensure candidates fully understand the role of councillor and its requirements.

The course can be found at https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/council-governance/candidate-training

Election campaign donation forms

All candidates are required under Victorian law to provide a completed campaign donation return if you:

  • Have received donations or gifts, or

  • Haven’t received donations or gifts

  • Were successfully elected, or

  • Weren’t elected

To be included on the form, a donation or gift, including in-kind support, must be:

  • Individually valued at over $500

  • Given during the donation period – this is the period starting 30 days after the previous election and ending 30 days after the current election

Under the Local Government Act 2020 all candidates in Victorian council elections must submit a return within 40 days of election day. 

Donation return forms are included in candidate information packs distributed by the Victorian Electoral Commission.  Forms must be completed and submitted to the CEO of the Pyrenees Shire Council by 3rd December 2020.

All fields must be filled out and the declaration signed by the candidate.  If no gifts were received, this should be indicated in the Details of Gifts section by writing ‘No disclosable gifts’.

Failure to submit a form, or providing false or misleading information on a campaign donation form, can result in prosecution and fines of more than $9,900, by the Local Government Inspectorate.

Important dates:

  • Election offices open to the public on Wednesday 16 September. 
  • Nomination period opens on Thursday 17 September and closes at 12 noon on Tuesday 22 September 2020. 
  • The election will all be via postal vote and the election date itself is Saturday 24th October. 
  • Close of voting for postal elections is 6 pm on Friday 23 October.
  • Postal vote receipt period closes at 12 noon Friday 30 October.
  • Counting and declarations will take place between Sunday 26 October to Friday 6 November.

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The Election Manager for Pyrenees Shire Council (from 16 September to 30 October only) is Alan Dennis, phone 03 8619 1959 or email PyreneesEM@vec.vic.gov.au

The election office is located at 1 Lawrence Street, Beaufort.

The election office is open to the public from 16 September to 23 October. Opening hours are as follows:

Monday to Friday - 9.00am to 5.00pm
Thursday 22 October - 9.00am to 8.00pm
Friday 23 October - 9.00am to 6.00pm
Closed weekends and public holidays. 

Useful resources for candidates:

Campaign guidelines for coronavirus: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/resilience-and-emergency-management/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Insurance for campaigning:  Liability-Insurance.pdf(PDF, 209KB)

VEC Candidate Information video presentation: https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/candidates-and-parties/becoming-a-local-council-candidate/candidate-information-sessions

VEC Homepage: https://vec.vic.gov.au

Becoming a candidate from the VEC: https://vec.vic.gov.au/candidates-and-parties/becoming-a-local-council-candidate

Candidate Forms and Handbooks from the VEC: https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/candidates-and-parties/candidate-forms-and-handbooks

VEC Pyrenees Shire Council Profile Page: https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/voting/2020-local-council-election/elections/pyrenees-shire-council