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Bayside City Council elections 2020

Bayside City Council elections will be held during October 2020 via postal vote. Voting papers will be mailed directly to all enrolled voters between 6-8 October.

The upcoming Council elections are your opportunity to play a part in determining the future of Bayside – either as a potential candidate or as a voter.

If you are passionate about Bayside and local decision making and want to contribute, please consider running as a candidate. Be the change you want to see by standing for Council.

Find out about:

New single member wards

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:

  1. Dendy Ward
  2. Bleazby Ward
  3. Castlefield Ward
  4. Boyd Ward
  5. Ivison Ward
  6. Ebden Ward
  7. Beckett Ward

View the new wards map

VEC ward look up

The new wards are named after well-known places and notable individuals that have contributed to the City of Bayside.

Find out more about the names of Bayside City Council wards

Voting in 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 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 (24 October 2020)
  • you live in Bayside, and
  • you are on the state electoral roll for your current address.

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.

Rate payers not residing in Bayside

If you are not already on the Bayside City Council electoral role and wish to vote in the election then please complete the attached enrolment form (PDF, 332.24KB) and either email to igriffiths [at] bayside.vic.gov.au or post to Bayside City Council, PO Box 27, Sandringham VIC 3191 before 28 August.

Check whether your are enrolled via the VEC website. Further enquiries regarding this matter should be directed to igriffiths [at] bayside.vic.gov.au.


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 24 October.

Running as a candidate

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.

Visit the VEC website

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).

Candidate Handbooks

The VEC produces Candidate Handbooks to assist candidates with the nomination process.

Mandatory training

Community members considering running for Council elections in October must complete mandatory training under new Victorian Government requirements.

Further information on will be provided via this page and the Local Government Victoria website when arrangements have been finalised.

Download the Victorian Government's FAQs for candidates (DOCX, 2.33MB)

Candidate information sessions

The Municipal Association of Victoria (Vic Councils) is running Community and Candidate Information sessions for each municipality to provide community members and prospective candidates with valuable information about the role and purpose of local government; and the role, responsibilities and expectations of a councillor, and the electoral process.

The sessions for potential Bayside City Council candidates are:

20 August 2020 (Thu)  - 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register

24 August 2020 (Mon) - 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register

More session information 

Local women leading change


A free online workshop is available for women considering running for local government.

This Zoom workshop is run by the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) and Women's Health in the South East (whise) and is supported by the Victorian Government.

Read more about the workshop (PDF, 278.87KB)

20 August 2020 (Thursday) 7pm - 8.30pm - SOLD OUT

26 August 2020 (Wedneday) 7pm - 8.30pm

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 results

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.