The Victorian Government has introduced new single member wards for the 2020 Bayside City Council elections, replacing the three wards (North, Central and South).
From October 2020, Bayside has been divided into seven wards, with one councillor to be elected to represent each ward. The seven wards are:
- Dendy Ward
- Bleazby Ward
- Castlefield Ward
- Boyd Ward
- Ivison Ward
- Ebden Ward
- Beckett Ward
The new wards are named after well-known places and notable individuals that have contributed to the City of Bayside.
Ward information for candidates
2016 Census data presented by the new Wards, compares each Ward characteristics to City of Bayside overall, all the Census data on the people and households in your Ward.
- Bleazby Ward interactive community profile
- Bleazby Ward 2016 Census community profile (DOCX, 3.49MB)
- Castlefield Ward interactive community profile
- Castlefield Ward 2016 Census community profile (DOCX, 3.19MB)
- Beckett Ward interactive community profile
- Beckett Ward 2016 Census community profile (DOCX, 3.07MB)
You can find more about statistics for the overall Bayside community and projections for future growth via our Bayside statistics page.
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 if they do not have an acceptable reason.
You are already enrolled to vote in our next election if you meet the following three criteria:
- you will be at least 18 years of age on election day (23 October 2020)
- you live in Bayside, and
- you are on the state electoral roll for your current address.
How to vote
Bayside City Council 2020 Council elections will be conducted via postal vote.
Voting packs will be sent to enrolled voters between 6 October and 8 October. Please note: voters in the same household may not receive their packs on the same day.
The voting 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 voting pack and put it in the return post by 6pm Friday 23 October.
Finding out about candidates
At election time it's important to find out where each candidate stands on the issues you care about. Here's a guide to researching candidates.
Easy English guides on voting
Enrolling to vote
You must be enrolled to vote by August 28 in order to vote, or run as a candidate, in the October 2020 Council elections.
To check your enrolment, or to update your details if you have moved in the past four years, visit the Victorian Electoral Commission Website.
Changes to the Local Government Act 2020 have now made voting a voluntary application for owners of properties that they do not reside in and reside outside of the Council.
Nominations for Council elections open September 17 and must be lodged in person with the Election Manager appointed by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) by noon September 22.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Victorian Electoral Commission’s recorded candidate information session is streamed online below and will be complemented by state-wide interactive candidate seminars based on the information session video.
Candidate information session overview
Online interactive seminars
To find out how to join an online interactive seminar, candidates can visit the VEC's candidate information sessions page.
These seminars will be held on the following dates:
- 7 pm on Wednesday 9 September 2020
- 1 pm on Sunday 13 September 2020
- 5 pm on Tuesday 15 September 2020
Lodging a nomination
Candidates must make an appointment during business hours with the Election Manager to lodge their nomination forms and pay their $250 nomination fee. They must have completed the online candidate training, as this is required by law and will be shown on each candidate’s nomination form.
Candidates may make a nomination appointment with the Election Manager by calling (03) 8619 1406 from Wednesday 16 September. Candidates can also pre-fill a nomination form using the online Candidate Helper, available from Thursday 3 September.
Nominations must be lodged by 12 noon on Tuesday 22 September. Late nominations cannot be accepted. It is an offence for a person to nominate as a candidate if they are not qualified to become a councillor.
More information on nominating as a candidate is available via the VEC website, and Candidate Information Kits can be requested from the Election Manager.
Campaigning safely during COVID-19
If you are planning to run a campaign then please review the Victorian State Government's guidelines on campaigning safely during COVID-19 (DOCX, 205.72KB).
Update to guidelines
At 11:59pm on Sunday 13 September, distribution of campaign flyers/material in letterboxes, and the placement of billboards and posters will be allowed in metropolitan Melbourne.
Metropolitan Melbourne - Safe Campaigning Guidelines (PDF, 391.32KB)
The VEC produces Candidate Handbooks to assist candidates with the nomination process.
Under new requirements included in the Local Government Act 2020, candidates must complete the mandatory candidate training course to be eligible to nominate with the Victorian Electoral Commission. This includes all serving or former councillors intending to nominate.
The online course will take around an hour to complete and will ensure candidates fully understand the role of councillor and its requirements prior to nominating.
If any candidate requires assistance in accessing the training or completing the training online, please contact the Governance Department on 9599 4327.
For further information on the candidate training please download the following FAQ.
Candidate information sessions
The Municipal Association of Victoria's (Vic Councils) Community and Candidate Information sessions have now concluded.
Local women leading change
The free online workshops run by Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) and Women's Health in the South East (WHISE) for women considering running for local government have now concluded.
More information for candidates
The MAV Stand for Council website is the central point for the campaign. The website will include clear and concise information on the steps to becoming a councillor, the roles and responsibilities of councils and councillors, responsibilities of councillors and mayors, the election processes and legal and ethical issues associated with councillors and councils.
Election campaign donation return summary
All candidates in the election are required to submit an election campaign donation return to our Chief Executive Officer. Donation returns need to be submitted 40 days following a council election (election day) and is a requirement of Section 306 of the Local Government Act 2020.
Candidate information request register
Council's Election Period Policy for the 2020 general elections directs that the Council affirms that all candidates for the Council election will be treated equally. To ensure all candidates have equal access to information held by Council during the election, where a request for information is granted by the Chief Executive Officer as recorded in the information request register, it will be made publicly available on Council’s website for all candidates to access.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, counting of votes is expected to require greater time at this year’s elections.
For that reason, the VEC expects that final declarations for all councils may not be completed until 13 November 2020.
Council business during the Election Period
Most Council services will continue as normal during the Election Period.
However, Council will enter into a Caretaker Period from 22 September 2020 until the elections.
Find out more
To find out more about becoming a candidate in the Bayside City Council 2020 elections visit the VEC website.
To learn more about what is like being a councillor in Bayside contact Terry Callant on 03 9599 4327.