The Minister for Local Government forms electoral representation advisory panels to review the electoral structures of local councils. These reviews are known as electoral structure reviews.
Councils under review
The electoral structures of 39 local councils have been reviewed. These reviews were held across 3 rounds and concluded in January 2024.
The panel submitted its recommendations to the Minister for Local Government for consideration, and the recommendations were accepted on 15 February 2024.
To learn more about the electoral structure changes that will apply at the next local council elections in October 2024, visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au.
Why the reviews were held
The Local Government Act 2020 (the Act) introduced several changes, including rules about the types of electoral structure councils can have.
According to the Act, all councils in Victoria must be structured in the following way:
|Metropolitan, interface and regional city councils
|Large and small rural shire councils
Multi-councillor wards with equal number of councillors per ward
The structures of 39 local councils do not meet the requirements of the Act and must change.
What the reviews achieve
Metropolitan, interface and regional city councils
These councils must move to single-councillor ward electoral structures.
The panels considered:
- the appropriate number of councillors and wards for the council
- the location of ward boundaries
- the name of each ward
Rural shire councils
The panels considered if the council:
- has an appropriate number of councillors
- should be one large unsubdivided area or subdivided into wards.
What happens at the end of a review
The panels have made recommendations to the Minister for Local Government. It is up to the minister to review the recommendation and decide what is best for that council.
Any changes will be published in the Government Gazette and are expected to apply at the next council general election in October 2024.
What a review does not cover
An electoral structure review does not:
- change the external boundaries of a local council
- divide local councils
- combine local councils.
About the electoral representation advisory panels
Fixed-term panels were formed by the Minister for Local Government to carry out electoral structure reviews.
We provided administrative and technical support to the panels. The Electoral Commissioner (or a delegate) must be a panel member.
The minister appointed the following panels:
- The Hon. Frank Vincent AO KC (Chair)
- Ms Liz Williams PSM
- Electoral Commissioner Mr Sven Bluemmel.
- Ms Julie Eisenbise (Chair)
- Mr Tim Presnell
- Deputy Electoral Commissioner Ms Dana Fleming.
Former panel members
- Former Electoral Commissioner Mr Warwick Gately AM
- Ms Máiréad Doyle
- Ms Janet Dore
- Mr Keegan Bartlett.