2024 Council elections



Voting to elect representatives to Gannawarra Shire Council occurs every four years, with the next election scheduled for October 2024.

This page will list resources for potential candidates and details regarding the voting process.

I'm thinking about running for Council

Congratulations on considering standing for Council.

Being a Councillor is a rewarding way to look after your community and help make the Gannawarra a great place to live.

Nominations to stand for Council will open later this year, but there are some steps you can do now to make the nomination process easier:

1. Complete compulsory candidate training

All candidates must complete Local Government Candidate Training before they are able to nominate.

This training includes information on:

  • Eligibility requirements for candidates.
  • The role of a council.
  • The role of a councillor, including greater emphasis on the strategic nature of the role and the time commitment required.
  • How councils make decisions.
  • Updated information on governance and integrity requirements including personal interest, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, and conduct expected of councillors.
  • Support available to help incoming councillors perform their role. 

It is not mandatory for those who have completed Candidate Training in the past two years to complete the training, however, Local Government Victoria strongly recommends that all candidates enrol for the updated training. This will refresh their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of councils and councillors, as well as the standards they are expected to uphold if elected. 

You can find out more and take the course by clicking on the image below:

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2. Attend an information session

Information sessions are a great way for candidate to learn about what is involved in being a Councillor.

Details regarding information sessions will be listed below:

Municipal Association of Victoria Stand for Council sessions

Delivered in line with Victorian Electoral Commission, the Municipal Association of Victoria's Stand for Council program enables potential candidates to learn about:

  • Local government and the important role councils play for our local communities
  • The role and responsibility of a Councillor, Mayor, Deputy Mayor and CEO
  • The election process and candidate requirements
  • What newly elected councillors can expect soon after the elections
  • Councillor training and development opportunities.

An in-person session will be held at the Swan Hill Town Hall on Wednesday, 7 August from 6.30pm-8.30pm.

The MAV is also hosting a Stand for Council sessions specific to First Nations people, young people and women during May and June. 

For more information about the Stand for Council program and to register for any of these sessions, please click on the image below.

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3. Nominate to stand

Congratulations - You have completed your compulsory candidate training and attended an information session; now it is the time to nominate.

Nominations will be accepted between 9am Monday, 9 September and 12 noon Tuesday, 17 September.

Information regarding nominating can be found on the Victorian Electoral Commission website, which you can access by clicking on the image below:

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Additional resources

Various groups and organisations have developed resources for people considering standing for Council:

Victorian Local Governance Association Local Women Leading Change campaign

The Victorian Local Governance Association actively works to increase women’s participation in local governments as citizens, candidates and councillors, with the aim of 50 per cent of Victoria's Councillors and Mayors to be women by 2025.

To assist the VLGA's goal, various resources are available that can assist women considering standing for Council. This includes online training and campaign toolkits.

For more information and to access these resources, please click on the image below.



Voting information

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) will oversee the 2024 Gannawarra Shire Council election, with voting to occur by postal ballot during October. Details regarding electoral roll deadlines and the distribution of ballot papers will be published on this page once confirmed.

In readiness for the election, you can check your enrolment, update your details and enrol to vote by clicking on the VEC logo below. Enrolments close 4pm Wednesday, 7 August:

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