Council Elections

2020 Council Elections 

Council elections are held every four years on the fourth Saturday in October.
The next Mornington Peninsula Shire Council elections will be held Saturday, 24 October 2020.
On May 15 2020, the Minister for Local Government announced that all councils will conduct their elections by post. 

The conduct of council elections is regulated by the Local Government Act 2020  and the Local Government (Electoral) Regulations 2020.
The management of the election process is undertaken by the Victorian Electoral Commission on Mornington Peninsula Shire Council's behalf. 

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

Election Period 

In the lead up to the Council Elections, Council will enter into a Caretaker Period from 12 noon Tuesday 22 September, 2020 until 6:00 pm Election Day, Saturday 24 October, 2020. 

Section 60 of the Act requires the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to develop, adopt and keep in force Governance Rules for or with respect to an
election period policy in accordance with section 69. Section 69 of the Act requires Council to include an election period policy in its Governance Rules.
The Election Period (Caretaker) Policy(PDF, 254KB) and any Procedures developed pursuant to it have been developed in order to ensure that the general
elections for the Council on Saturday 24 October 2020 and subsequent elections are conducted in a manner that is ethical, fair and equitable, and are
publicly perceived as such.

The Policy also facilitates the continuation of the ordinary business of local government in the Council throughout the Caretaker Period in a responsible and transparent manner, in accordance with statutory requirements and best practice.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council - Electoral Structure 

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is divided into Six Wards with a total of Eleven Councillors.

Briars Ward (3 Councillors) includes Mount Eliza, Mornington and most of Mount Martha.

Cerberus Ward (1 Councillor) includes Hastings and Bittern.

Red Hill Ward (1 Councillor) includes Red Hill, Merricks North, Balnarring, Somers, Point Leo and Flinders.

Seawinds Ward (3 Councillors) includes Rosebud, Dromana and Safety Beach.

Nepean Ward (2 Councillors) includes Portsea, Sorrento, Blairgowrie, Tootgarook and most of Rye.

Watson Ward (1 Councillor) includes Somerville and Tyabb.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council - Electoral Structure Map
This structure came into effect at the October 2016 election as a result of a 2016 Subdivision Review

The next scheduled representation review for Mornington Peninsula Council will be conducted before the 2024 Council Elections. 

Enrolment and Voting Information 

To vote, or run as a candidate in the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council elections you must be enrolled by
4:00 pm Friday, 28 August 2020.

State enrolment

  • If you live in the Mornington Peninsula Shire and are enrolled to vote in State elections at your current address, you are automatically enrolled to vote in Council elections. 
  • If you are an Australian citizen aged 18 years or over and you have lived at your current address in the Mornington Peninsula Shire for at least one month you will need to enrol with the Victorian Electoral Commission if you are not on the State electoral roll.

You can apply, check and amend your state enrolment details online at the  Victorian Electoral Commission website.

Voting is compulsory for State enrolled electors for Council elections.

Council enrolment

If you were on the last voters’ roll for Mornington Peninsula Shire at the 2016 Council elections as a non-resident owner (and the circumstances of your enrolment have not changed), you will be automatically enrolled by council to vote at this year’s election.

You can apply to vote if you are aged 18 years or over, pay rates for a property in the Mornington Peninsula Shire and are not otherwise entitled to vote in the Mornington Peninsula Shire .  This includes:

  • people who are non-Australian citizens;
  • property owners who do not live in the Mornington Peninsula Shire and were not enrolled on the 2016 voters’ roll as a non-resident owner; and
  • people who occupy rateable property in Mornington Peninsula Shire and are liable to pay the rates.

You may also be eligible to apply to vote if you are either a director or secretary of a corporation which is liable to pay rates in the Mornington Peninsula Shire and you are appointed by the corporation to represent their interests.  

Voter enrolment forms

If you own a property in the Mornington Peninsula but are not otherwise on the voters roll such as non-Australian Citizens, and wish to enrol to vote
please complete the Owner Ratepayer - Application for enrolment(PDF, 365KB)

If you rent a property in the Mornington Peninsula but are not otherwise on the voters roll such as non-Australian Citizens, and wish to enrol to vote
please complete the Occupier Ratepayer - Application for enrolment(PDF, 416KB)

If you own a property in the Mornington Peninsula and want to change the enrolled owners listed for your property
please complete the Owner Ratepayer - Variation of enrolled owners form(PDF, 443KB)

If you are the secretary/director of  a corporation that owns property in the Mornington Peninsula and wish to apply to be appointed to vote on behalf of the
corporation please complete the Corporation Owner - Appointment of voting representative form(PDF, 392KB)

If you are the secretary/director of a corporation that is renting a property in the Mornington Peninsula and wish to apply to be appointed to vote on behalf of the corporation please complete the Corporation occupier - Appointment of voting representative form(PDF, 375KB)

For further information, please contact our Revenue Office on 03 5950 1080 or via email:

 Victorian Electoral Commission - Enrolment and Entitlement Information
Voting is compulsory for Council elections

Voting in Council elections is compulsory for all residents who are listed on the voters' roll. Residents on the voters' roll who do not vote may be fined.

Voting in the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council elections

The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council elections will be conducted via postal vote. 
Ballot packs will be sent by the Victorian Electoral Commission to enrolled voters between October 6 and October 8, 2020. 
(Please note: voters in the same households may not receive their packs on the same day).
The ballot packs will include information on all candidates in your ward and instructions on how to fill out the ballot form. 

Enrolled voters must complete the ballot form and have their ballot packs in the return post by 6:00 pm Friday, 23 October 2020. 



Becoming a Council Election Candidate

Who can stand as a candidate in the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council elections?

A person may nominate as a candidate for an election for any ward of the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council if they are qualified to be a Councillor under the Local Government Act. 

To nominate for election as a Councillor, a person:
  • must be an Australian citizen
  • must be at least 18 years of age on the election day and
  • must be enrolled as a voter in the municipal district in which they are standing.

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 Councillor
  • 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.
Do I need to live in the area?

Candidates must be on the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Voters Roll. Candidates can stand for election for any ward within the Mornington Peninsula Shire, even if their enrolled address is in a different ward within the municipality.  

Training and Assistance 

Candidates will be required to undertake mandatory training and will have access to assistance and training through the Victorian Electoral Commission and Victorian Local Governance Association.
further details will be updated shortly. 


Information, Training and Assistance for Candidates


Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) - Information Sessions  

The VEC will provide an information session for prospective candidates, which will be available on the VEC website at

The information session will be complemented with an interactive session based on the information session video. No local, in person candidate information sessions will be held because of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Other supporting material will also be published online or available in hardcopy on request to the VEC or by contacting the Election Manager once the election office is open.

Candidate Handbook


Please visit the Victorian Electoral Commission website for further information about Council Elections. 
Details and dates of information sessions will be made available from the Victorian Electoral Commission shortly and will be published on this webpage.

Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) - 2020 Candidate Information and Training Sessions 

The Victorian Local Governance Association will be holding candidate information sessions designed to increase understanding of Councils and the role of a Councillor for potential candidates leading up to the 2020 Council Elections. 
If you are thinking about running as a candidate in this year's Local Government Elections, candidate information sessions will provide everything you need to know about how Local Government functions and the journey from community member to candidate and Councillor.

Candidate Information and Training Sessions  

This will be a virtual session
Saturday 08 August 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Where: online via Zoom
Event Cost: Free
Registrations Essential: Register Here

This will be a virtual session 
 Monday 10 August 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where: online via Zoom
Event Cost: Free
Registrations Essential:  Register Here

Want to know more about councils?
Thinking of running as a candidate in the 2020 council elections? Come along to an interactive workshop presented by the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) in collaboration with Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. 

This free workshop will cover:

  • Roles and responsibilities of Councils and Councillors
  • Current issues facing local government
  • Candidate information for the 2020 elections
  • Campaign tips and tools 

For further information please visit VLGA - Candidate Information and Training Sessions

Local Women Leading Change Sessions

South East - Local Women Leading Change Session
Saturday 18 July 2020
Part 1: Local Government 101 10:30am - 12:00pm
Part 2: Candidate Development 1:30pm - 3:00pm 
Where: online via Zoom
Event Cost: Free
Registrations Essential: Register Here  (this session is currently full. Please email to be placed on the waitlist).

 Are you considering running (or supporting another woman to run) in this year’s council elections?

This bumper workshop will cover content from our ‘Local Government 101’ and ‘Candidate Development’ sessions. 

Women across the state - just like you - have a significant contribution to make to public life. Your connections to community, your skills and your unique perspective mean you are rich with potential to be a great local Councillor

The workshop will cover: 

  • What councils do
  • Roles and responsibilities of Councillors
  • How to become a candidate
  • Managing your campaign
  • Developing a policy platform
  • Connecting with community
  • Key skills and campaigning techniques

For further information or to view available online workshops please visit VLGA - Local Women Leading Change

Mandatory Candidate Training

The Local Government Act 2020 has a requirement for Mandatory Candidate Training. S256 (7) of the Local Government Act 2020 says a person cannot nominate as a candidate for an election as a Councillor unless the person has completed the prescribed training.

For candidates completing the training it will remain valid through the General Election and any by-election.
Candidates will be able to attend any candidate training session in any location and will need to make a declaration of participation to the Victorian Electoral Commission.

The Electoral Regulations will be made by 30 May 2020. The Regulations will prescribe the course to be provided free to candidates.
Further information will be uploaded to this webpage when made available. 

The Victorian Local Government Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 24 March 2020.  Authorised pdf version:  Local Government Act 2020 

Key Election Dates for Candidates

Candidates for Council Elections must adhere to certain key dates and conditions.

Entitlement Day - Friday 28 August 2020 (4:00pm)
Entitlement day (57 days before election day) is important for a candidate because it’s the last chance a person has to be correctly enrolled to vote.

Opening of Nominations - Thursday 17 September 2020
Certification of the voter's roll by the Registrar. Opening of the nomination period.

Close of Nominations - Tuesday 22 September 2020 (12 noon)
Candidates must be nominated by 12 noon on the day that is 32 days before the election day. Start of Election (Caretaker) Period. 

Lodgement Deadline - Wednesday 23 September 2020 (12 noon) 
Candidates personal statements and photographs must be lodged by 12 noon. Lodgement of candidate questionnaires deadline 12 noon. 

Close of Voting - Friday 23 October 2002 (6:00pm)
Ballot papers must be posted by 6.00pm on the day before the election day.

Election Day - Saturday 24 October 2020
The election day is the last Saturday in October – 24 October 2020. Extraction and counting activities for postal elections commence. Postal vote receipt period closes 12 pm, Friday 30 October 2020. 

Declaration of the Poll - Sunday 25 October - Friday 6 November 2020
The Returning Officer will publicly declare results after the votes have been counted and scrutineers have had time to examine the record of the count. Public declaration to take place no later than Friday 6 November 2020. 

Campaign Donations

Local Government Election candidates are required by law to provide a record of whether they did or did not receive any donations or gifts, including in-kind support, for their election campaign.

You’re required under Victorian law to provide a completed campaign donation return if you:

  • have received donations or gifts, or
  • haven’t received donations or gifts
  • were successfully elected, or
  • weren’t elected.

The donation or gift, including in-kind support must be:

  • Individually valued at over $500.
  • Offered during the donation period. This means the period starting 30 days after the previous election and ending 30 days after the current election. 

Under the Local Government Act 2020 , all candidates in Victorian Council Elections must submit a Return within 40 days of Election Day. 

Complete a Campaign Donation Return
Download and complete the donation return and send the completed form to the Chief Executive Officer. 
Campaign Donation Return  
For further information please visit Local Government Inspectorate


2016 Council Election Information

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Elections were held in October 2016.

For full information, please check: Mornington Peninsula Shire Council 2016 Election Results

The Returning Officer declared the results of the elections on Wednesday 2 November 2016:

Briars Ward
Cr Bev Colomb, Cr Sam Hearn and Cr Rosie Clark
Cerberus Ward
Cr Kate Roper
Nepean Ward
Cr Bryan Payne and Cr Hugh Fraser
Red Hill Ward 
Cr David Gill
Seawinds Ward 
Cr Antonella Celi, Cr Simon Brooks and Cr Frank Martin
Watson Ward 
Cr Julie Morris

First Term Councillors
Cr Sam Hearn, Cr Rosie Clark, Cr Kate Roper, Cr Bryan Payne, Cr David Gill, Cr Simon Brooks, and Cr Julie (Edge) Morris. 
Returning Councillors 
Cr Bev Colomb, Cr Hugh Fraser, Cr Antonella Celi and Cr Frank Martin who was a Mornington Peninsula Shire Councillor 2008-2014
Term of Office
Council were sworn into Office at the Annual Council Meeting held Monday 14 November 2016.
General elections are run every four years.  All sitting Councillors including the Mayor will go out of office at 6 am on Election Day 24 October 2020. 

Campaign donation returns - 2016

The Local Government Elections in Victoria were held on 22 October 2016 by postal vote and conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) on behalf of Council. Pursuant to Section 62 of the Local Government Act 1989, Candidates are required within 40 days after the election day to provide an election campaign donation return.

All candidates must lodge a return within 40 days of the 2016 general election (by 1 December 2016), even if they were not elected or did not receive any campaign donations or gifts. Council is required to make available the 'election campaign donation return' a record of significant gifts received by election candidates for use in their election campaigns. These returns ensure public transparency about the level of financial and in-kind support given to candidates by individuals and organisations during elections.

Completed campaign donation returns are available for public inspection at the Council offices for four years after the election.
2016 Election Campaign Donation Returns(PDF, 66KB)