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Council elections

There are rules and policies that require declaration of political donations, placing campaign signs on Council land and how Council does business during a caretaker period in the lead up to an election.

The next general election of Councillors for Mitchell Shire Council will be held on 24 October 2020. Voting at the election is compulsory for residents of Mitchell Shire who are enrolled on the Victorian electoral roll.

The 2020 local council elections will go ahead by post in October 2020. Be assured we are taking steps to deliver safe elections to protect our community.

If you have any questions about the upcoming elections, please visit the Victorian Electoral Commission website.


A general election will be held for Mitchell Shire Council in October 2020. To be able to vote in the election, you must already be enrolled to vote.

Voting in the election is compulsory for voters who were on the State roll at 4pm on Friday 28 August. You may be fined if you do not vote.

Following changes to the law for the 2020 local council elections, voting in local council elections is now compulsory for people on the State roll who are over 70 years old.

You can check your enrollment status on the Victorian Electoral Commission Mitchell Shire Council Elections page.

If you would like to know where to find information on candidates running in this election, including where they stand on various issues that they care about, view the MAV's Researching Candidates Video Guide.

Voters from culturally diverse communities

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) has recently developed new resources to support culturally diverse communities.

The language page on the VEC’s website has 20 languages of translated information about election and enrolment forms.

You can also visit the VEC's Facebook for more information on inclusion services and programs.

To ensure maximum participation by your communities, please share these videos with your networks and/or put them on your website & social media.

Disability access and inclusion

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) has recently developed new resources to support disability access and inclusion.

The VEC has released a Voting Is For Everyone video and facilitators guide. There is a voting plan in easy English at the back of this booklet.

The VEC has also produced Easy English guides for the local council elections.

You can also visit the VEC's You Tube channel to access some great animations about how to enrol and vote.

General Election October 2016

A general election of Councillors for Mitchell Shire Council was held on 22 October 2016. The election was conducted on behalf of the Council by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC).

The results of the election were formally declared by the Returning Officer on Monday 31 October 2016 and the results are published on the Victorian Electoral Commission website.

The 9 successful candidates at the election have been elected for a 4-year term on the Council. For further information about the election including compulsory voting please contact the Victorian Electoral Commission by phoning 131 832 or view the VEC website.

Election Campaign Donation Returns

Each candidate in a local government general election is required to submit any election campaign donation return to the CEO of the Council within 40 days of election day.

We must make that information available on our website.

Donations Received by Candidates in the Mitchell Shire Council 2016 Election

CandidatePerson who made the giftTotal value of gift
Atkinson, DavidNo disclosable giftn/a
Callaghan, Desmond AnthonyNo disclosable giftn/a
Chisholm, William FrancisNo disclosable giftn/a
Cornish, Robert BruceNo disclosable giftn/a
Eldridge, Robert KeithNo disclosable giftn/a
Goble, Anne LouiseNo disclosable giftn/a
Humm, Robert Leslie GeorgeNo disclosable giftn/a
Langborne, Neal DavidNo disclosable giftn/a
Lee, Ross AlexanderNo disclosable giftn/a
Linton, LisaNo disclosable giftn/a
Lowe, David AndrewNo disclosable giftn/a
Marstaellar, SueNo disclosable giftn/a
Perrott, Leslie MarkNo disclosable giftn/a
Sanderson, Rhonda LeanneNo disclosable giftn/a
Stevens, Fiona ClaireNo disclosable giftn/a
Tullett, Carol MargaretNo disclosable giftn/a

Election campaign donation returns are also available for inspection at Mitchell Shire Council offices at 113 High Street, Broadford. To inspect a return please contact Council on 03 5734 6200.

Ward Boundaries

Mitchell Shire is subdivided into 3 wards, each represented by 3 elected Councillors.

Download a detailed Mitchell Shire Council Ward Map below.

Election Signage

Council does not allow any form of election advertising (from Federal, State or Local Government candidates) on any land owned and/or managed by Council. Penalties apply for disregarding the Mitchell Shire Council Election Signage Policy below.

Any enquires regarding election signage should be directed to the Local Laws Unit on 03 5734 6200.

Election Period Caretaker Policy

During an election period, Council conducts its business in caretaker mode. How that works is specified in the Election Period Policy. It helps to ensure that general elections for the Mitchell Shire Council are conducted in a manner that is ethical, fair and equitable.

This Policy was adopted November 2019 and has been prepared in accordance with section 93B of the Local Government Act 1989.

This page was last updated on 8 October 2020.