The Victorian Government is reforming the local government sector to improve council integrity and governance, strengthen capacity and performance, and provide the platform for councils to deliver for communities wherever they live in Victoria.
Under these reforms, the Local Government (Electoral) Regulations were updated in July 2016 to improve the integrity of council elections and create more open and transparent councils.
With the new Local Government (Electoral) Regulations 2016, voters at the October general elections will have better information on candidates than ever before.
Candidates now have the option of supplying more information about themselves, including:
- details of any training they have undertaken to prepare themselves to become a councillor
- whether they have read key council publications and, if they are current councillors seeking re-election, what their attendance record at council meetings has been.
To better allow for slower mail delivery, the revised regulations also extend the deadline by which the Victorian Electoral Commission must receive votes to the Friday following election day.
Local Government (Electoral) Regulations 2016 [PDF File - 408.5 KB]
Local Government (Electoral) Regulations 2016 [MS Word Document - 135.9 KB]