Family looking at Council chambers in Brighton

Election information

Ward electoral structure

Following an electoral representation review in 2007 Bayside City Council is now divided into three Wards known as Northern Ward, Central Ward and Southern Ward. Northern and Southern Ward have two Councillors and Central Ward with three Councillors. The seven Councillors are elected for a term of four years.

Election period

All Victorian councils observe special arrangements during the 32-day period leading up to a general council election. This period is known as the Election Period (or Caretaker Period). The aim of the Caretaker Period is to ensure that the outgoing council does not make any decisions which may affect the decision making ability of the incoming council. During this period the council must avoid the use of public resources in a way that may unduly affect the election result. The Caretaker Period is defined as the period from the last day for nominations until the election day.

By law, a council may not make the following types of decisions, either directly or by delegation, during an election period:

  • Decisions relating to the employment or remuneration of a permanent chief executive of the council;
  • Decisions to enter into contracts that are valued at more than $150,000 for goods and services contracts and $200,000 for works contracts or 1% of the council's revenue from rates (whichever is the greater)
  • Decisions to enter into entrepreneurial ventures that are valued at more than $100,000 or 1% of the council's revenue from rates (whichever is greater).

An exception can apply if the council seeks and obtains an exemption from the Minister for Local Government to allow it to make a decision of one of the above types.

Election dates

The general elections for Bayside City Council were held on 21 October 2016 and will be held every four years after that. The term is fixed by law and no opportunity is provided for an earlier general election.

Elections are generally conducted by postal vote and coordinated by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC). 

If more than two people nominate in Northern and Southern Wards there will be an election for that Ward, but if only two people nominate there will be no election and those two people will be automatically elected as Councillors. Similarly if three people nominate for Central Ward there will be no election and those three individuals will be elected as Councillors.

Declaration of the poll

The Returning Officer publicly declares the election results once the votes have been counted and scrutineers have had time to examine the record of the count. This is usually within a few days following the Election Day.

The declaration is often performed at a special ceremony. The Returning Officer will read out the person or persons elected and, where appropriate, the order in which they were elected. The declaration of the election is expected to be held on 2 November 2016.

Past election results

The results of past elections can be viewed on the Victorian Electoral Commission website


Page last updated: 10 Jun 2016

Learn about Council's…