Your Council, your vote: Hindmarsh Shire Council 2020 Election

Hindmarsh Shire Council has six elected Councillors who are split to represent in three wards; north ward, west ward & east ward. North ward represents two of Councils main townships Jeparit and Rainbow, west ward represents Nhill and surrounding towns and east ward represents Dimboola and its surrounding towns.

The Hindmarsh Shire Council election will be held this October.

The Victorian Electoral Commission is preparing to deliver local council elections during the extraordinary circumstances of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Elections are to be conducted entirely by post – a safe and completely secret method of voting.

Local council general elections are held every four years and councillors make decisions on a range of important local issues and services, including:

  • sporting and recreation facilities
  • libraries and community centres
  • animal registrations
  • rubbish and recycling
  • planning and building regulations
  • local roads and footpaths.

We strongly encourage all eligible voters to vote this October. Voting is compulsory for State-enrolled Australian citizens aged 18 years or older, and you may be fined if you don’t vote.

Election Information

The Victorian Electoral Commission conduct elections on behalf of all Victorian councils.

For detailed and up to date information about how to enrol, vote, become a candidate, and more, visit Hindmarsh Shire Council election on the VEC website, or call the VEC on 131 832.

Want to stand for Council?

The mandatory Local Government Candidate Training course for the 2020 elections is now available online.

Under new requirements included in the Local Government Act 2020, candidates must complete the 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 ensure candidates fully understand the role of councillor and its requirements.

Click below to register for your candidate training course.

Nominations open for candidates on Thursday 17 September 2020.

For more information on becoming a Local Council Candidate, you can visit the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) website here.

Candidate Information Sessions

You can watch a video presentation to find out more about the nomination process for 2020 local Council elections.

VEC will also be offering three state-wide interactive candidate seminars which compliment the information session video. The seminars will provide prospective candidates the opportunity to ask questions about the nomination process and the election.

The seminars will be held on the following days:

  • Wednesday 9 September 2020 at 7 pm
  • Sunday 13 September 2020 at 1 pm
  • Tuesday 15 September 2020 at 5 pm

To watch the information video presentation or to enrol the seminars listed above, click here.

Guidelines for Candidates – Campaigning

The Victorian State Government has developed some guidelines on safe campaigning during the current Coronavirus pandemic. You can access the information here.

Voting during the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19)

Hindmarsh Shire Council’s 2020 election will be conducted by post. For more information on this, you can read a Media Release from the VEC about it here.

How do I find out about candidates?

You can watch a short VEC video outlining how you can find information on candidates, including where they stand on various issues that you may care about. Click here.


As of 11:59pm Wednesday 16 September 2020, Regional Victoria will move into the third step of the COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery. Read below for an update on the changes to Council’s services.

Unfortunately we are unable to open our libraries, so libraries and customer service centres will remain closed, except that the Nhill office will now be open from 10am to Midday and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday without the need to make an appointment, although appointments are encouraged. Only click and collect services will be available at our libraries, for more information on this, click here.

Our parks, playgrounds and skate parks will all be open as of today and people are able to gather (up to 10 people) outdoors.

Halls and the cinema will remain closed as under the third step indoor venues are to be closed.

Updated 17/9/2020