Greater Geelong City Council 2017 General Election

A postal election for Greater Geelong City Council is currently being held.

Ballot packs have now been mailed for this election.

If you have lost, damaged or not received your ballot pack, call (03) 8619 1421 during business hours to have a replacement pack sent to you.

Alternatively, you can visit the election office and vote on the spot.

You should complete your ballot material, following the instructions in the ballot pack, and post it as soon as possible.

It must be in the post, or hand-delivered to the election office, by 6.00 pm on Friday 27 October 2017.

There are no voting centres for this election.

Returning Officer

The Returning Officer for the Greater Geelong City Council elections is Colin Riley.

Election office

The election office is located at Busport, 17 Gheringhap Street, Geelong and is open to the public. The office is open from:

  • 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Wednesday
  • 9.00 am to 8.00 pm Thursday
  • 9.00 am to 6.00 pm Friday.

All election information can be found on this website. Should you have any other enquiries regarding the election contact (03) 8619 1421.

View the election office on an interactive map.

Important dates

6.00 pm Friday 27 October Voting closes

Change to electoral structure

Please note that there have been changes to the Greater Geelong City Council electoral structure since the last election and the council is now divided into four wards. See the council profile for more information.

Enrolment for these elections has now closed.

You are enrolled for these elections if:

  • you will be 18 years of age or over on Saturday 28 October 2017, and
  • you live in the City of Greater Geelong, and
  • you are on the State electoral roll for your present address.

However, you must vote for your old address or risk a fine, if you moved:

  • before Friday 1 September 2017 and did not update your enrolment or
  • after Friday 1 September 2017.

You may also be enrolled to vote for these elections if you own or pay rates for a property or corporation within the City of Greater Geelong.

This election will be conducted entirely by post. Ballot packs will be posted to all enrolled voters in contested elections between Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 October 2017.

Follow the instructions in the ballot pack so that your completed ballot material is in the mail or hand-delivered to the election office by 6.00 pm on Friday 27 October 2017.

Voting is compulsory

Voting is compulsory for voters listed on the State electoral roll for these elections as at 4.00 pm on Friday 1 September 2017.

Enrolled residents may be fined if they do not vote—this includes homeowners and tenants.

You are encouraged to vote (but won’t be fined if you don’t) if you:

  • are aged 70 years or over on election day, or
  • live outside Greater Geelong City Council, or
  • applied to Greater Geelong City Council to be on the roll.

I have multiple properties—do I get multiple votes?

Each voter has one vote for the Greater Geelong City Council.

If you are on the State electoral roll within the City of Greater Geelong on Friday 1 September 2017 it is compulsory to vote for that address.

If you are not on the State electoral roll for Greater Geelong City Council but you own a property and are on the roll in the City of Greater Geelong, you are encouraged to vote but it is not compulsory.

If you own multiple properties in the City of Greater Geelong (and you are not on the State electoral roll for any of those properties), you have until 4.00 pm on Friday 1 September to nominate the property you wish to vote for. Contact Greater Geelong City Council on (03) 5272 4667 to do this. If you don’t nominate a property, the Council will choose one for you.

The period for lodgement of candidate statements and responses to questionnaires has now closed. Candidate statements and responses to the candidate questionnaire can be viewed on the nominations page.

Candidates can appoint scrutineers to observe certain electoral procedures on their behalf.

Further information

Download the Scrutineer Handbook (PDF, 2.9MB) and Scrutineer Appointment Form (PDF, 70kB).

To find out who has nominated in ballot paper order, visit the nominations page.

There are a number of different types of assistance available for voters.

Find out about assistance

Can I have a large print or braille ballot material?

Registrations for large print or braille ballot material have now closed.

If you have registered, you can expect your material to be mailed to you from Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 October 2017.

If you have any queries about large print or braille ballot material please call (03) 8620 1122.

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