Voter information

Greater Geelong City Council Elections will be held by postal ballot on 24 October 2020.

Voting eligibility

To be eligible to vote in the Greater Geelong City Council election, you needed to be enrolled by 4:00pm on Friday 28 August 2020. Enrolments for 2020 have now closed.

You are entitled to vote in the Greater Geelong City Council elections if you:

  • are on the Victorian State electoral roll for your current address in the Greater Geelong City Council municipality
  • or enrolled as a council elector.

In both categories, voters must be at least 18 years of age (or will turn 18 on or before 24 October 2020). There is no upper age limit to voting in Victoria.


Automatic eligibility

You will automatically be enrolled on the Greater Geelong City Council voters roll if you are over 18 years of age (or will turn 18 on or before 24 October 2020) and you:

  • are on the Victorian State electoral roll for your current address in the Geelong municipality or
  • own rateable property in the municipality (but are not a resident), you were enrolled on the previous voters roll (2017 election) and you continue to be entitled to be enrolled.

You can:

To check your eligibility for a council entitlement, please contact our Customer Service Team on 03 5272 5272.

Non-resident owners who are automatically enrolled cannot apply to be enrolled under a different CEOs List category.


Applying to be enrolled

You can apply to be enrolled on the Greater Geelong City Council election voters roll if you are over 18 years of age (or will turn 18 on, or before, 24 October 2020), are not on the State electoral roll and you:

  • do not live in the council area but own rateable property in the municipality (whether solely or jointly with another person or persons), and you were not enrolled on the last voters roll for Great Geelong City Council (in 2017) as a non-resident owner for that property
  • live in the council area and pay rates on property in the council area but are not on the State electoral roll (for example: non-citizen)
  • occupy a property in the council area for which you are liable to pay the rates or
  • are a corporation which owns or occupies, solely or jointly, any rateable property in a council area – and is liable to pay the rates – may appoint a person to represent it on the voters roll. A corporation appointee must be:
    • a director or company secretary (however styled)
    • at least 18 years old on election day, with no other entitlement or appointment within the Greater Geelong City Council municipality
    They must consent to the appointment in writing. Only one appointee is allowed. A corporation may only exercise a right of entitlement once, regardless of how many properties it owns or occupies in the council area.

Given postage service delays due to COVID-19, we encourage anyone making an application to submit a scan/image of their signed applicant form electronically.


One entitlement per council

A person or corporation can hold only one voting entitlement per council, regardless of how many properties they own or occupy.

Voting entitlements are limited per property. For each rateable property in the Greater Geelong City Council municipality, there can be up to four voting entitlements, comprising two joint:

  • owners and
  • occupiers.

Voting responsibilities

Voting is compulsory if you are automatically enrolled on the Victorian State electoral roll.

Voting is not compulsory, but is encouraged, for all other voter categories.


Silent voters

If you do not want your address to be shown on the voters roll, you can apply to be a silent voter and have your address hidden if you are enrolled:

  • on the Victorian State electoral roll as a resident in the Greater Geelong City Council municipality - check the Australian Electoral Commission’s Silent Electors page for information and enrolment form options and
  • are enrolled as a council elector within the municipality - please contact us to obtain an application form to be approved to vote by our Chief Executive Officer.

Please note that we require a signed statutory declaration with your application.


Compiling the voters roll

The Greater Geelong City Council voters roll is compiled by merging two lists:

  1. the Victorian Electoral Commissioner’s List
  2. the Chief Executive Officer's List.

The Victorian Electoral Commissioner’s List comprises those individuals automatically enrolled on the Victorian State electoral roll in respect of an address in the municipality.

The Chief Executive Officer’s List includes owners and occupiers of rateable property within the City of Greater Geelong municipality and people appointed on behalf of corporations owning or occupying rateable property in the Greater Geelong City Council municipality.

The addresses of silent voters are not included on the voters roll.


Voter privacy

The Local Government Act 2020 (Vic) governs who can access the Greater Geelong City Council voters roll.


Exchange of information

The Victorian Electoral Commission and the Greater Geelong City Council may exchange relevant information on enrolment entitlements during the during the production of the voters roll.


Inspecting the certified voters roll

The Victorian Electoral Commission must ensure that the certified voters roll is available for inspection by members of the public from the day the voters’ roll is certified until one month after the election day.


Provision of copies of the voters roll

Copies of the voters roll are available to candidates for the Greater Geelong City Council election on request after nomination day. The Victorian Electoral Commission manages the release of enrolment data to candidates.

A candidate who obtains a copy of the voters’ roll must either destroy the copy, or copies made from it, within 30 days after election day or return the copy/copies to the Victorian Electoral Commission.

Councils may also use the voters’ roll in connection with an election, conducting a poll of voters, or for communicating with or surveying constituents about council matters in relation to council functions.

Certain persons and organisations may request information from the voters roll for public interest purposes, subject to consultation with the Victorian Information Commissioner.


Find your ward

Our municipality is divided into four wards:

  1. Bellarine
  2. Brownbill
  3. Kardinia
  4. Windermere

Find your ward - address search.





Page last updated: Wednesday, 11 August 2021

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