Baw Baw Shire Council 2024 Elections

The next Baw Baw Shire Council elections will be held in October 2024. 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.

In a Victorian local council election there are two types of voters:

  1. State-enrolled
  2. Council-enrolled.

You have one vote. If you are a state-enrolled voter, that is the enrolment you use to vote.

If you think you might have a Council-administered voting entitlement, contact elections@bawbawshire.vic.gov.au.

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?

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). 

If you own a property in a municipality that you don't live in full time, or you pay Council rates on your home but you are not an Australian Citizen, you can enrol with Council as a Council-enrolled voter. 

Occupier ratepayers (eg if you operate a business from a commercial property) or corporations that pay rates may be eligible to enrol. 

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

Once you are enrolled, you must vote in the October 2024 elections. If you don’t vote, you may get a fine. 

Enrolment applications must be received by 4pm on Wednesday  7 August 2024 to be counted.

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.

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: