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Council elections 2020

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Council Elections 2020

Council election - October 24, 2020 

The VEC is responsible for conducting this postal election and will post ballot packs to enrolled voters from October 6 to 8. 

The ballot pack will contain:

  • A ballot paper attached to statements and photographs lodged by the candidates in your ward
  • A ballot paper envelope with a flap
  • Voting instructions
  • A reply-paid envelope

Voting closes 6pm Friday October 23, 2020. State-enrolled voters can register for free VoterAlert SMS and email reminders at

To find out more, please visit the VEC website.

The VEC have an email address for any complaints people have about the conduct of the elections, whether it's about signage, ballot packs, candidates or other matters. 

People should email any complaints to: [email protected]

Support available for potential Councillors 

The City of Greater Bendigo is reminding candidates there is support available to allow Councillors to carry out their duties and meet family and work commitments at the same time.

Being a Councillor and leading your community can be a very rewarding experience. It can also be a demanding and time consuming role. There is a requirement to attend Council and Committee meetings, represent the Council and communicate with residents, business, community groups and others.

A new Councillor Expenses and Support Policy for Councillors was adopted in August which offers:

  • Reimbursement of caring expenses (for children as well as elderly, disabled or sick family members)
  • The provision of laptops and smart phones as needed
  • Access to a vehicle to attend community events
  • Financial support for training
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses incurred for Council purposes
  • Fair and reasonable support for individuals with a disability

Information sessions

The City hosted a series of information sessions in the lead up to the election period. These sessions can be accessed below:

Non-resident Owner Application for enrolment

Complete the Non-resident Owner Application for enrolment

Key dates

  • Close of the Roll Notice
  • Nominations open
  • Nominations close
  • Close of postal voting
  • Election day
  • Results declared by this date
  • *Check dates and times with the VEC

Election 2020

Ever thought about becoming a Councillor?

The City of Greater Bendigo is hosting a series of information sessions to explain the role, what to expect and how to become a Councillor. Each information session has a specific focus and you are invited to attend one, some or all of them. Just select the session you want to attend and provide your contact details in the form below:

Information Sessions*
Information Sessions
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Strategic Role of Council - 1 July 6.30pm - 8.30pm (please refer to link below for location)
The Councillor Experience - Date to be advised
Council elections 2020 - Date to be advised

Strategic Role of Council information session

Do you require support or assistance to attend an information session?*
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