Election and Voting

Every four years, Monash residents and ratepayers vote to elect 11 Councillors to represent the community. Council elections are conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) as required under the Local Government Act 2020.

Caretaker period during Council elections

The Local Government Act 2020 states the Election Period starts on the last day on which nominations for the election can be received and finishes at 6pm on the election day.

During the Election Period, Council enters what is known as a caretaker period. This ensures that:

  • Council actions don't interfere with the election process, and the election process is conducted in an ethical, fair and equitable way
  • The authority of the incoming council is safeguarded

During the Election/Caretaker Period:

  • Councils are prohibited from making certain types of decisions
  • Material produced by councils must not contain matter that will affect voting at the election

Monash Council's Governance Rules include information on our Election Period Policy.

2020 Election

Voter rolls for the 2020 Local Government Elections closed at 4pm on Friday, 28 August 2020. Voters who were away during the election period could have their ballot pack redirected to an address of their choice. State-enrolled voters could also sign up to the free VoterAlert service to receive important election reminders by SMS and email.

What if I didn't vote?

Voting is compulsory if you live in the Council area.

In early 2021, people who are registered to vote, live in the Council area and failed to vote at the Council election, would have received an ‘apparent failure to vote’ notice from the Victorian Electoral Commission, asking them to return a form explaining why they failed to vote.

People who do not respond to this request or who provide an invalid response will be fined.

Postal voting 2020

The 2020 City of Monash General Elections were held by full postal voting.

Read more: Timeline for the 2020 local council general election

Since 1997, Monash Council has used the postal method of voting, rather than attendance voting, as postal voting is considered the most efficient and accessible method of voting.

Councillor Induction Process

An extensive induction program for all newly elected Councillors at the 2020 Council elections, has been prepared.

Under the requirements of the Local Government Act 2020, all Councillors must complete the Council induction program.

Queries regarding Governance Rules may be addressed to Renee Russell, Coordinator Governance, on 9518 3514 or councillorsupport@monash.vic.gov.au

Candidates' 2020 election campaign donation returns

Section 306 of the Local Government Act 2020 requires candidates of the 2020 Council elections to provide an Election Campaign Donation Return. Section 307 of the Local Government Act 2020 requires the Chief Executive Officer of the Council to provide a summary on the Council’s website.

Candidates' campaign returns for the 2020 Council election(PDF, 130KB)

The above summary consists of:

  • The name of the candidate
  • If a gift is included in the return, the name of the person who made the gift and the total value of the gift received from that person

Council 2016 election results

In the October 2016 elections, five first-time Councillors were elected to Monash Council, alongside six Councillors with previous experience.

For more details on the Monash election results, see the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) website.

Candidates' 2016 election campaign donation returns

All candidates at a Council election are required to submit a "candidate's campaign donation return".

In this return, all candidates must disclose any donation valued at $500 or more, which they received for their election campaign.

Here is the summary of the campaign donation returns for the 2016 Council election:

Candidates' campaign returns for the 2016 Council election(PDF, 94KB) (updated 18 April 2017)

Please note: A blank entry next to a candidate's name denotes that a campaign donation return has not been received from that candidate at the time of the publication of this summary.