Council Election

The next Council elections will be conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)  and is currently scheduled for Saturday 24 October 2020.

Details of recent elections can be found on the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) website VEC website.

Election period policy

Specific provisions apply to all Councils during the election period. 

In accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1989, the City of Stonnington adopted its revised  Election Period Policy (caretaker period)  on 18 November 2019 in order to ensure that the General Election for the City of Stonnington is conducted in a manner that is fair and equitable, and is perceived as such. The policy is attached below.

 Election-period-policy-procedures-adopted-by-council-18-November-2019.pdf(PDF, 916KB)

This policy means that the current Council must avoid making significant new policies or decisions that would bind a future Council.  However Council will still maintain its day to day responsibilities and determine on required statutory matters such as planning applications.

Enrolling to vote

To be eligible to vote, you must be on the Victorian State or Stonnington’s local roll.

Voting is compulsory for a person who is enrolled as a Stonnington resident (subject to some exemptions under the Local Government Act 1989).

You will be automatically enrolled to vote in the Stonnington elections if you:

  • live in Stonnington and are on the Victorian State roll as a Stonnington resident
  • own property in Stonnington (and are the first or second-named ratepayer for that property) but live in another municipality.

You can check your enrolment on the Victorian State roll on the VEC website.

Under the Local Government Act, if you are not on the Victorian Electoral Roll at a Stonnington address, you may be eligible to vote if you:

  • you are the owner of a rateable property in Stonnington
  • pay council rates on a property you occupy and are responsible for paying the rates or
  • are a director or company secretary of a corporation that pays rates to the council.

If you aren’t on the Victorian State roll and wish to apply to enrol for the Stonnington election, contact the Rates Office on 8290 1220.

Standing for Council

If you wish to stand for Council at the next elections, you will need to be:

  • 18 or over on election day
  • a resident or ratepayer
  • enrolled on the voters' roll for Stonnington
  • qualified to become a councillor.

More details are provided for potential candidates in the lead up to the 2020 election.

Electoral Office

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) will be conducting the election for Stonnington Council. The VEC will have an office located in the Malvern Banquet Hall, Malvern Town Hall, Malvern (enter at end of laneway between Police Station and Town Hall) .This office will open on 16 September 2020.

Further information and details of events that may be useful to prospective Councillors will be published on Council’s website in the lead up to the 2020 election.


Election Campaign Donation Return

An election campaign donation return is a record of significant gifts received by election candidates for use in their campaigns. These returns ensure public transparency about the level of financial and in-kind support given to candidates by individuals and organisations during elections.

Below is a summary of campaign donation returns received which include the name of the candidate, the name of each person if any, who made a gift to the candidate disclosed in the return and the total value of the gift received from that person.

 Election-Campaign-Donation-Return-2016-Council-website.xls(XLS, 31KB)


Copies of completed returns are available for inspection at the Malvern Council Office, 311 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern.