Electoral Representation Review

As per the Local Government Act 1989 the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) will be reviewing Banyule's electoral representation structure. The review will start on Wednesday 26 June 2019 and is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts about how well your community is represented.

The review asks you to consider:

  • if we have the right number of councillors
  • if we should be one large area (unsubdivided) or made up of wards (subdivided)
  • if subdivided,
    • how many wards we should have,
    • what the ward boundaries should be,
    • the name of each ward and
    • how many councillors each ward should have (single, multi or combination councillor wards)
The VEC review happens every 12 years, before every third general election and ensures that the electoral structure of a local council provides fair and equitable representation for all voters. The last review was in 2007 where the VEC maintained seven wards, each represented by one councillor, as the best structure for Banyule.


Council's preference is to retain the current structure of seven single councillor wards, as we believe this is the best structure to serve the Banyule community and our voters.

Process

Electoral Representation Review Process

There are multiple stages to the VEC Electoral Representation Review process. These stages include:

Stage One: The review begins and preliminary submissions open
The VEC ask for submissions on how you think council would be best represented by its elected members.

Preliminary submissions should address the number of councillors and the electoral structure of Banyule. Online submissions also include a mapping tool called a 'boundary builder'. This tool allows you to test your preferred electoral structures and the ward boundaries for Banyule.

Stage Two: Preliminary report
The VEC review all submissions and release a preliminary report recommending a preferred representation structure. Two or three options will be proposed by the VEC.

Stage Three: Response submissions
The VEC open submissions again. These are referred to as response submissions and should focus on feedback to the VEC's preferred options in their Preliminary Report.

Stage Four: Public hearing
A public hearing will be held for any submitter who wish to be heard in support of their submission. The public hearing is an opportunity for those who have requested to speak to expand on their views. Anyone can attend the public hearing, but only those who have requested to speak in their response submission can speak. The VEC can make special arrangements where necessary to assist people to take part in the public hearing.

Stage Five: Final report
The VEC consider all feedback and make a final recommendation which will be available in a final report. The VEC's final recommendation is proposed to the Minister for Local Government. Any changes to the electoral structure of a Council will come in to affect at the next Council elections in October 2020.

Get Involved

How to get involved

Share your thoughts and make a submission (submissions open Wednesday 26 June 2019) to the VEC. Your input provides valuable local perspectives and knowledge.

To learn more about the Electoral Representation Review please visit the VEC website or attend one of the VEC's information sessions held in Banyule.

There are two ways you can have your say:

  1. In a preliminary submission
  2. In a response submission to the VEC's preliminary report.

Please note: In your submission, you can also request to speak to your submission at the local public hearing.

You can make a submissions to the VEC via:

Victorian Electoral Commission
Level 11, 530 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

For your submission to be considered:

  • You must include your full name and postal or residential address.

All submissions will be published on the VEC website and made available for public inspection at the VEC office. All personal information such as addresses, contact details and signatures will be removed from all public copies but the full name and locality of submitters will be published.

All submissions must be made to the VEC and not to Council.

A submission guide and submissions checklist has been prepared by the VEC to ensure your submission addresses all of the requirements.