Baw Baw Shire Council 2020 Elections

The last Baw Baw Shire Council elections were held in October 2020. Details are available on the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) website.

General elections are held every four years and local councillors make decisions on a range of issues, including:

  • maternal health and child care
  • sporting and recreation facilities
  • libraries and community centres
  • animal registrations
  • rubbish and recycling
  • planning and building regulations
  • local roads and footpaths.

Baw Baw Shire Council strongly encourages all eligible voters to vote at council elections—in fact, compulsory voting provisions apply and you may be fined if you don’t vote.

Am I enrolled to vote?

If you are an Australian citizen you can check your State enrolment details online on the VEC website at any time.

If you think you might have a council-administered voting entitlement, contact Baw Baw Shire Council. You might be in this situation if you are a:

  • non-resident owner
  • non-citizen resident ratepayer
  • occupier ratepayer
  • company director or secretary.


How do I enrol?

Complete an enrolment form online via the VEC website or pick one up at any post office or Australian Electoral Commission office and return it to the Victorian Electoral Commission before 28 August 2020.

To enrol for a council-administered voting entitlement, contact Baw Baw Shire Council.

How do I vote in the Baw Baw Shire Council elections?

Baw Baw Shire Council elections will be conducted by postal voting. Ballot packs will be mailed to all enrolled voters in contested elections in early October.

You will need to carefully follow the included instructions on how to vote correctly and then mail back your completed ballot material using the reply-paid envelope as soon as possible, and before the specified closing date.

Making it easier to remember to vote

The VEC is encouraging voters to subscribe to its new and free notification service, Vic Election Alerts.

Vic Election Alerts will send reminders to voters’ mobile phones or email inboxes about important dates during the 2016 local council elections.

Who are my current local Councillors?

To see who the currently elected Councillors are, and to get more information about them and the Ward structure, go to Mayor and Councillors.

How do I stand as a candidate?

To find out about about becoming a council election candidate, please see visit the following webpages:

Safe Campaigning Guidelines for COVID-19

Advice on safe campaigning for the October local government elections has been published by Local Government Victoria.

Click here to to view Campaigning for council elections in October 2020 - Guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The guidelines will help candidates understand how to comply with the directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer to stay safe while campaigning.

This includes advice on permitted campaign activities, safety for campaign teams, basic hygiene and physical distancing.

Local Government Victoria will continually update the guidelines with the latest directions and restrictions. It is recommended candidates check the guidelines regularly throughout campaigning.

Always refer to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for specific information on current restrictions.