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We are prioritising critical services and some services may be reduced. This means there will be longer wait times for customers contacting us by phone. Many of our services are available online. Advice on which services can continue is changing rapidly. For regular updates, go to knox.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

2020 Council Elections

Local Government general elections are held every four years and the next election will be on 24 October 2020.

The content on this web page will be updated as information comes to hand from external sources, so please check back regularly.

Prospective Candidates

Currently, to become a candidate you must be an Australian citizen (or qualified British subject), enrolled as a voter for the council you wish to stand and have completed the compulsory prescribed candidate training. More details on the candidate training will be included here once made available by Local Government Victoria.

You are not eligible to stand for election if:

• you are an undischarged bankrupt
• your property is subject to control under the law relating to bankruptcy
• you are of unsound mind
• you have been convicted of certain criminal offences (within seven years of the election)
• you work for the council in which you intend to become a councilor
• you are a councillor with another council or
• you are a Federal Member of Parliament or a Member of Parliament in any state or territory.

Additional information for prospective candidates is available from the links below.

Candidate Information Sessions

Knox City Council will be hosting a VLGA information session for all potential candidates. The session will be held at:

WHERE: Knox Civic Centre, 511 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South

WHEN: 6pm, Tuesday, 28 July 2020

To assist Council with managing the logistics of the session (including any COVID-19 related requirements) we request you register your attendance by contacting the Governance department via email kccgovernance@knox.vic.gov.au or phone 9298 8111.

The VLGA is also hosting a number of other information sessions in other municipalities which may be of interest to potential candidates. You can find a link to their website below.

Voting

On 15 May 2020 the Minister for Local Government announced that the 2020 council elections will still go ahead and declared that postal voting will be used across the State.

The newly proclaimed Local Government Act 2020 provides the Minister for Local Government with the power to determine the voting system to be used for general elections. This determination of postal voting overrides Council’s previous resolution to conduct an attendance election.

This is a new method of voting for the City of Knox and is the first time that the same method of voting will be used across all Victorian councils.

It is important to note that the Chief Health Officer has advised that it is safe for the postal election to proceed this year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Am I Enrolled to Vote?

To be eligible to vote at the 2020 Knox City Council general Election, you need to be enrolled by 4pm, on Friday, 28 August 2020.

You are already enrolled to vote if:

• You will be 18 years of age or over on 24 October 2020 AND
• You live in the City of Knox and are on the Victorian State roll for your present address; OR

You may also be on the roll for this election if you enrolled directly with Knox City Council for the October 2016 elections or the March 2019 Collier Ward by-election.

You need to enrol with the VEC if:

• You are an Australian citizen aged 18 or over on Saturday 24 October 2020 AND
• You live in the City of Knox and you are not on the State electoral roll OR
• You have lived at your present residential address within the City of Knox for at least a month and have not updated your enrolment details, including any changes to your postal address.

Enrol online at vec.vic.gov.au (link below) or pick up a form at any post office or Australian Electoral Commission office and return it to the Victorian Electoral Commission before 4pm on Friday 28 August 2020.

You may also apply to Council to enrol if:

• You are not an Australian citizen, but you live and pay rates in the City of Knox OR
• You pay rates for a property you do not occupy in the City of Knox OR
• You pay rates on a property you occupy in the City of Knox and have no other voting entitlement within the City of Knox, e.g. you are a shop tenant and are either named on the Council's rates record to receive the rates notice or have the written consent of the owner to vote in their place OR
• You are a director or company secretary of a corporation that pays rates in Knox and have no other voting entitlement in Knox.

If you meet the above criteria and wish to enrol, contact Knox City Council on 9298 8210 for a special enrolment form.

How can I check my enrolment?

If you are an Australian citizen who lives in the City of Knox you can check your enrolment details online at vec.vic.gov.au at any time, or call 1300 805 478.

If you are not an Australian citizen or you are a non-resident, contact the Council on 9298 8210.

Failure to Vote

People are required to vote at Council elections held for the municipality in which they have their principal place of residence. Failure to vote will attract a penalty unless you are entitled to an exemption under the Local Government Act 2020.

Election Period Policy

Council has adopted the Election Period Policy & Procedure as required by section 93B of the Local Government Act 1989 (‘the Act’) to provide guidance to Councillors, staff and candidates in the lead up to, and during the election period for the 2020 elections, which commences on 22 September 2020.
The policy can be accessed below.

More Information

Councillors play an important role in shaping the future of their city. To assist prospective candidates in understanding the role of local government and that of Councillor, there are a number of online resources available which you can access by clicking on the external links below.

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