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Council elections

Maroondah City Council consists of 9 councillors elected by the Maroondah community every 4 years.

Maroondah City Council elections are managed by the Victorian Electoral Commission. Voting is compulsory for most people on the electoral roll.


Like all Victorian Councils, Maroondah holds elections every 4 years, on the 4th Saturday in October. The last election was in 2016. The next election is in 2020.

Local government has a fixed four-year term. Unlike Federal government, no opportunity is provided for an earlier election.

Maroondah elects 3 councillors per ward. Elections use the proportional representation system, similar to that used in Federal Senate elections.

Anyone on the Maroondah City Council Voters' Roll can stand as a candidate at Council elections (some minor restrictions apply).

Elections are managed by the Victorian Electoral Commission.


A ward is the geographical region that a councillor represents. It is broadly equivalent to an electorate in State and Federal elections.

Maroondah is divided into 3 multi-member wards. Each ward is represented by 3 councillors.


Is it compulsory?

Voting is compulsory for the majority of people on the electoral roll.

It is optional for some voters to cast a vote, including:

  • voters aged 70 years and above
  • voters who own property within Maroondah but live in another municipality.

There is a fine for not voting (currently $78). This process is managed by the Victorian Electoral Commission

How do I vote?

All people on the electoral roll are mailed a ballot paper.

For your vote to be valid, you must fill out the ballot and return it to the Victorian Electoral Commission by a specified date.

Who can vote?

  • Residents - all residents who are enrolled to vote at State and Federal elections.
  • Absentee owners - people who own property in Maroondah but live in another municipality. Up to two owners per property are automatically enrolled.  Further owners can apply to be enrolled.
  • Corporate nominees - a company/corporation owning property within Maroondah may appoint either a director or its company secretary to vote on its behalf. This process is not automatic. The company needs to apply for their representative to be enrolled.
  • Non-Australian citizens - residents of Maroondah who are not Australian citizens and not otherwise entitled to vote can apply to be enrolled.
  • Property owners - if you own property in 2 or more Maroondah wards, you will automatically be included in 1 ward only.

If you specially applied for enrolment for the last election, you will need to apply again for the next election.

If you have any questions, please call 03 9298 4299 to speak with Council's Team Leader Governance.

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