Council elections

Council elections are conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission at arms length from Council.

2020 Election

The next Council election day is 24 October 2020.


Time and Date


9 am Thursday 17 to
12 noon Tuesday 22 September
Anyone wishing to stand as a candidate may submit their nomination between these dates.
Tuesday 6 to
Thursday 8 October
Mail out of ballot packs
Ballot packs are distributed via post to every enrolled person in contested elections in a random order over three days.
6 pm on Friday 23 October Close of voting
12 noon Friday 30  October Deadline for inclusion of postal votes
Friday 13 November Results declaration completed
Latest date all results will be declared.


For the first time, Yarra's Council elections will be held by post, with ballot papers automatically sent to the address of all persons listed on the electoral roll. Voting is compulsory and ballot papers must be completed and returned by 6pm on Friday 23 October 2020.

Enrolments to vote in the elections closed on 28 August 2020.

Voter education - book an online session 

The VEC is offering free voter education sessions, in partnership with community organisations, for vulnerable communities.

Community organisations who work with people with disabilities, prisons, the homeless, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from cultural and linguistically diverse communities are encouraged to apply.

The sessions will cover the following topics:

  • who can vote
  • how to enrol
  • how to fill out your ballot paper
  • how our democracy works
  • translation services

If your organisation is interested, or you would like more information, please contact the VEC or download the Local Council Elections 2020: Be Heard flyer.

Standing for Council

If you are considering standing as a candidate in the 2020 Council election, more information about what you need to do is available on the VEC website

Mandatory Candidate Training

Before standing for Council, every candidate must undertake mandatory candidate training, even if they have been a Councillor before or are currently a Councillor. These sessions are run using an online eLearning module and are delivered by Local Government Victoria.

You can sign up and complete the training at the Local Government Victoria website.

Caretaker arrangements

In the lead up to the Council election, Council will move into 'caretaker mode' during the period from midday on Tuesday 22 September 2020 to 6pm on Saturday 24 October. During this period, all of Council's facilities and services will operate as normal, but there will be some changes to the way the administration operates. The main changes are:

  • Council will not publish or distribute any electoral material
  • Infomation about Councillors on our website will be limited
  • Council will only conduct routine community consultation
  • Public Question Time at Council meetings will be suspended
  • Council will not make any significant decisions

In addition, Councillors will not be permitted to use Council resources in a way that supports an election campaign (this is a permanent limitation, not just while the Council is in caretaker mode).

Further information about these arrangements can be found in Council's Governance Rules (including the Election Period Policy).

Previous Elections

2019 Countback

Following the resignation of former Councillor Mike McEvoy, a countback of the 2016 ballots was conducted and Cr Bridgid O'Brien was elected for the remainder of the term.

Detailed results of the 2019 countback are published by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

2016 Election 

Nine Councillors were elected at the 2016 election, with three Councillors representing each of Yarra’s three wards until October 2020.

Detailed results of the 2016 election are published by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

Decisions about whether a voter is prosecuted for failing to vote are made by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

Election publications

The following documents are available for download.