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Ordinary Council Elections are conducted on the fourth Saturday in October and are held on a 4 yearly basis unless there is a need for a by-election.
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You MUST ensure that you are enrolled to vote no later than 4:00pm on 28 August 2020 if you intend to vote at the Council Election. Find out more about voting in a Council Election below.

Wellington Shire Pools Operating Status (Temperature Trigger)

Pools will only open if forecast BOM temperature is 25°C or higher for Sale at 4.30pm on the day prior.
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The election process is coordinated by the Victorian Electoral Commission, with additional information relating to boundaries, enrolment, election results and more available directly from the VEC website.

The Wellington Shire Council’s last general election was held on Saturday 22 October 2016, at which time all nine Councillor positions were decided for a four year term.

The next Wellington Shire Council general election will take place on Saturday 24 October 2020. Voting will be by post and the VEC will post ballot packs to enrolled voters between Tuesday 6 October and Thursday 8 October 2020. You must ensure your completed vote is in the mail or hand-delivered to your election office before 6:00 pm on Friday 23 October 2020. You can find all details relating to enrolment, voting and candidates on the Wellington Shire Council VEC webpage.

Following the 2015 Electoral Representation Review, the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) returned a recommendation that was later gazetted by the Minister for Local Government to alter the existing municipal structure from unsubdivided to a three ward structure, each with three Councillors.  These wards have been named as Northern, Central and Coastal.

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Are you interested in becoming a Councillor?

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is responsible for administering Local Government elections.

To become a Wellington Shire Councillor you must be:

  • Interested in improving your community
  • An Australian Citizen
  • Aged 18 years or older on election day
  • A resident or ratepayer of Wellington Shire enrolled to vote no later than 4.00pm on 28 August 2020

In addition, under the Local Government Act 2020, you must have also completed a Mandatory Candidate Training session which will be made available online. This is a requirement of nomination and failure to attend a training session may result in your nomination being declined. Further information about how you can attend a training session will be provided on this page as soon as it becomes available.

Nominations for the 2020 Council general election open at 9:00am on Thursday 17 September 2020 and close at 12:00pm on Tuesday 22 September 2020.

Nominations must be lodged in person with the VEC at their Sale electoral office, 118 Raymond Street, Sale.

Further details for attendance via appointment will be released closer to the opening of the nomination period.

Useful resources for potential Councillors are included on the links below, including how to safely campaign during COVID-19.

Candidate Training Options

Local Government Victoria and the Victorian Electoral Commission require people to meet certain eligibility criteria in order to become a council election candidate. This includes undertaking a mandatory candidate training session which is a compulsory requirement for nomination.

There are also a number of optional training opportunities to help candidates better prepare for the election campaign process.

Stand For Council - Community and Candidate Information Sessions

Hosted by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), these online sessions will provide prospective candidates with information about:

  • The role and purpose of local government
  • The new Local Government Act 2020
  • Introduction to your council and information on the municipal area
  • Roles, responsibilities and expectations of a Councillor
  • The experience of being a Councillor
  • The electoral process and campaigning including key dates and information provided by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

There are two information session available and a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to participants once registered.

Session 1: Monday 24 August, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Session 2: Tuesday 25 August, 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Registrations: register with the MAV here.

Mandatory Candidate Training

Local Government Victoria will be hosting a mandatory online training session in August for prospective candidates. In accordance with the Local Government Act 2020, prospective candidates must complete this mandatory training to be eligible to nominate for the election with the Victorian Electoral Commission.

More information about the mandatory online training session will be made available soon.

Election Period and Policy

The purpose of the Election Period Policy is to outline the conduct of Council during the Caretaker Period for municipal general elections.

It ensures the election is conducted in an environment that is open and fair to all candidates by setting out procedures and practices to be followed during the pre-election period.

During the 2020 Council general elections, the election period will start at 12:00pm on Tuesday 22 September 2020 and finish at 6:00pm on Saturday 24 October 2020.

Election Period Policy

Election Campaign Donation Returns

The Election Campaign Donation Returns document is available for download on the link below and provides details of any gifts received by the candidate, or on behalf of the candidate.

This is during the election period, used for or in connection with the election campaign and includes goods or services.

Election Campaign Donation Returns

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Documents Available for Public Inspection

Council maintain a range of documents and registers for public inspection in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989 and the Local Government (General) Regulations 2004 - these are shown below.


Note: The Auditors Report is incorporated within the Annual Report.

The documents below can also be viewed at our Sale or Yarram Service Centres.

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In addition, the following documents are also available for public inspection at the Sale Service Centre:

  • Authorised Officers
  • Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes
  • Councillor Code of Conduct
  • Councillor Reimbursement Policy
  • Delegations
  • Election Campaign Donation Returns Register
  • List of all Leases
  • List of Donations and Grants
  • Procurement Policy
  • Record of Assembly of Councillors
  • Register of Interests Travel Register
  • Details of reappointment Chief Executive Officer total remuneration.

To arrange an inspection, please contact Council.

Annual Report

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Council Budget

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Council Plan and Vision

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Council Strategies and Plans

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2016 - 2020 (Current Council)

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 22 October 2016. They will serve until the next Council elections are held in 2020.

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2012 - 2016

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 27 October 2012.

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2008 - 2012

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 29 November 2008.

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2005 - 2008

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 26 November 2005.

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2003 - 2005

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 15 March 2003.

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2000 - 2003

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 18 March 2000.

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1997 - 2000

These Councillors were appointed following Council elections held on 15 March 1997.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020
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