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 on the Local Government Victoria webpage: Electoral Representation Advisory Panels

Key dates

4.00pm Friday August 30 2024

12.00 noon Tuesday 24 September 2024

Tuesday October 8 to Thursday October 10 2024

6.00pm Friday October 25 2024


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
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.


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.

Previous election

Council Elections 2020

Installation of new Council

Our Councillors-elect were formally sworn-in Tuesday November 10, at 6.30pm. You can view the video below (begins approx. 7 minutes in):

Video of Installation of new Council on Vimeo

Declaration of results

You can view the VEC's declaration of results which happened Friday November 6, 2020:

Video of declaration of results on Vimeo

Election Campaign Donation Returns

In accordance with the section 306 of the Local Government Act 2020 (the Act), local government election candidates are required to provide a record of whether they did or didn’t receive any donations or gifts, including in-kind support, for their election campaign.

Learn more about campaign donations made during the 2020 election