Single Member Wards

Eight councils will change to Single Member Wards for the 2020 elections.

New ward boundaries for the eight councils are informed by modelling by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC). These boundaries ensure each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters.

Maps of the new ward boundaries are available below. The affected councils have been asked for their comments and suggestions for ward names by 25 May. This will enable the maps to be finalised and Gazetted for the elections.

Unsubdivided

2 councils will move to an unsubdivided structure

  • Swan Hill Rural City Council
  • Mansfield Shire Council

Unsubdivided ward example showing map of area with 9 markers all grouped together in the middle

Uniform Multi-Member Wards

No councils will move to Uniform Multi-Member Wards in this round of changes, but it remains a future option.

Single member ward example showing map of area with markers for total of 9 councillors

No change

15 councils that were under review by the VEC will retain their current ward structure

  • Banyule City Council
  • Boroondara City Council
  • Murrindindi Shire Council
  • Nillumbik Shire Council
  • Ararat Rural City Council
  • Benalla Rural City Council
  • Borough of Queenscliffe
  • Colac Otway Shire Council
  • East Gippsland Shire Council
  • Glenelg Shire Council
  • Golden Plains Shire Council
  • Moira Shire Council
  • Moyne Shire Council
  • Southern Grampians Shire Council
  • Mitchell Shire Council

What about the other councils?

All other councils will have compliant electoral structures prior to the 2024 council general elections.

How will this happen?

After the 2020 local government general elections, an independent Local Government Electoral Representation Advisory Panel will review council electoral structures.

The Panel will include the Victorian Electoral Commission and other members appointed by the Minister for Local Government.

The Panel will work with the community to review and recommend to the Minister which councils will need to change to new structures before the 2024 elections.

Large and small rural councils eligibility

Large and small rural councils are eligible to be considered for single member, unsubdivided or uniform multi-member structures when being reviewed by the Electoral Representation Advisory Panel.

  • Alpine Shire Council
  • Ararat Rural City Council
  • Bass Coast Shire Council
  • Baw Baw Shire Council
  • Benalla Rural City Council
  • Borough of Queenscliffe
  • Buloke Shire Council
  • Campaspe Shire Council
  • Central Goldfields Shire Council
  • Colac Otway Shire Council
  • Corangamite Shire Council
  • East Gippsland Shire Council
  • Gannawarra Shire Council
  • Glenelg Shire Council
  • Golden Plains Shire Council
  • Hepburn Shire Council
  • Hindmarsh Shire Council
  • Indigo Shire Council
  • Loddon Shire Council
  • Macedon Ranges Shire Council
  • Mansfield Shire Council
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • Moira Shire Council
  • Moorabool Shire Council
  • Mount Alexander Shire Council
  • Moyne Shire Council
  • Murrindindi Shire Council
  • Northern Grampians Shire Council
  • Pyrenees Shire Council
  • South Gippsland Shire Council
  • Southern Grampians Shire Council
  • Strathbogie Shire Council
  • Surf Coast Shire Council
  • Swan Hill Rural City Council
  • Towong Shire Council
  • Wellington Shire Council
  • West Wimmera Shire Council
  • Yarriambiack Shire Council

Page last updated: 08/05/20