Local government elections will be held across Victoria in October, 2020.
The decisions of councils affect the lives of everyone in our community. Becoming a councillor is a great hands-on way to serve your community and positively influence future directions and outcomes for your municipality.
Wodonga Council has seven councillors elected for a four-year term that work in a style that reflects a board of directors.
Councillors are responsible for setting policy and providing vision and strategic direction to the organisation. Councillors meet regularly through briefings and officially as the council at monthly scheduled meetings.
Standing for election provides a great opportunity to influence the future direction of the local community and help those who require support.
Wodonga is a vibrant and growing city with a population of more than 40,000 located between Melbourne and Sydney.
It is one of the fastest-growing cities in Victoria and is undergoing major redevelopment in the city following the realisation of significant projects that have been part of the city’s long-term vision including the revitalisation of the CBD, the library-gallery redevelopment, the development of Baranduda Fields and the growth of the Logic industrial precinct.
Wodonga Council plays a role in the economic and social outcomes of our community through the delivery of a range of services including preschools, health and safety, waste management, economic development, arts and culture, infrastructure and population planning.
Nomination period - Thursday, September 17, 2020 to 12pm on Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Election Day - Saturday, October 24, 2020
Candidate Information Sessions
There will be online candidate information sessions run by the MAV held during August. These two-hour interactive online sessions will provide community members and prospective candidates with information about the role and purpose of local government; the role, responsibilities and expectations of a councillor, and the electoral process.
What participants will learn
- The role and purpose of local government
- Details of 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.
More information on registration will be posted here as it becomes available.
Mandatory Candidate Training
Under the new Local Government Act 2020, candidates will have to undertake mandatory candidate training to consider standing for council which will help candidates understand what is involved in becoming a councillor. The council is presently organising sessions for Wodonga.
More information will be posted here as it becomes available.
Standing for council
Who qualifies to be a councillor?
The Local Government Act 2020 (the Act) lists the qualifications to be a councillor and the electoral provisions for being on the voters roll.
How can I nominate for council elections?
Candidates are required to nominate with the Victorian Electoral Commission. The nomination period is from Thursday, September 17, 2020, to 12pm on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.
Compulsory Candidate Training
Under the Act candidates will be required to complete compulsory candidate training. This training is presently being developed by Local Government Victoria. Once the training is finalised the council will widely advertise its availability including dates, times and venues. All candidates must complete the training by September 17, 2020.
Councillor Induction Project
An extensive Councillor Induction Program will be provided to successful candidates over the first few months following the election. This program is currently being developed, details will be provided over the coming months.
Where can I find out more?
The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is appointed to run the election on behalf of the council. They provide updated information on becoming a candidate. Visit the VEC website for further information.
The peak organisation for Victorian local government is the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV). Find out more about standing for and becoming a councillor at their VicCouncils site.
The Know Your Council website provides an opportunity for you to access consistent information in regard to the performance of local councils across Victoria. It also has information on council elections.
Support from existing councillors
You may wish to discuss your interest with one of the current councillors so as to better understand the role of a councillor. Visit the councillors page on our website.