East Ward By-Election

At the close of nominations for East Ward at the 2020 Hindmarsh Shire Council General elections, only one nomination was received for the two vacancies. Therefore, a by-election is required to fill the remaining vacancy. This by-election will be held on 5 December 2020.


Voters in East Ward in Hindmarsh Shire Council will vote in a postal by-election this November and December.

You can find out who has nominated for the East Ward By-Election on the VEC website here https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/voting/current-elections/hindmarsh-east-ward-by-election/nominations  

By-Election Timeline


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.

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?

For more information about candidates and the Hindmarsh Shire Council election, visit the VEC website here.


Following the further easing of restrictions, changes have been made to Council's Customer Service Centres and Libraries.

Our Nhill Customer Service centre is now open to members of the public from Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Our Dimboola, Jeparit and Rainbow Libraries and Customer Service centres have also opened, you can find out the opening hours by visit our Libraries page here.

The Nhill Cinema will re-open in the new year.

Updated 3/12/2020