Council elections

Next election

The next local council elections will be held on October 26, 2024.

The electoral (Ward) structure of Greater Bendigo City Council has changed. Bendigo will transition, at the next election, to 9 single-member Wards. More information on this process can be found:

Local Government Victoria: Electoral Representation Advisory Panels


Election timeline

Wednesday August 7: Roll closes at 4pm

Monday September 9: Candidate nominations open

Tuesday September 17: Candidate nominations close at 12 noon

Monday October 7 to Thursday October 10: Mail-out of ballot packs

Friday October 25: Voting closes at 6pm

Friday November 1: Postal vote receipt period closes at 12 noon

Friday November 15: Latest date all results will be declared


Election information

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) conduct elections on behalf of all Victorian councils.

For detailed and up to date information about how to enrol, vote, become a candidate, and more, visit the VEC website, or call the VEC on 131 832.

More information on the VEC website

Who can vote in the 2024 Victorian local council elections?

You can only vote once in each municipality, no matter how many properties you own or occupy. 

You must enrol before 4 pm on Friday 30 August 2024.

Voting is compulsory for everyone who is enrolled.

State enrolled voters

If you are on the state roll you are automatically enrolled to vote in the 2024 council elections for your enrolled address (where you live).

Owner ratepayers

Up to 2 people per property can apply to vote if:

  1. You pay council rates on your home but you are not an Australian citizen
  2. You own a property in a municipality that you don’t live in full time e.g. holiday home, investment property or business property

To enrol you can fill out the form: 

Owner ratepayer - Application for enrolment

For this application to be effective, it must be received by the council no later than the close of the roll. The date and time of the close of the roll for each election is published on the Victorian Electoral Commission website

Occupier ratepayers

Up to 2 people per property can apply to vote if you rent a property and pay rates to council, and you are not on the state roll in that municipality e.g.  you operate a business out of a commercial property.

Must reapply at every general council election.

Occupier ratepayer - Application for enrolment


Corporations that pay rates may be able to appoint one representative to vote. Call the council for further information.

Must reapply at every general council election.

Corporation owner or occupier - Appointment of voting representative