UNCERTAINTY remains about October's council elections, with Premier Daniel Andrews flagging the possibility of postponement.
Mr Andrews told media at Thursday's press conference there were ongoing discussions, when asked whether state government was going to postpone local government elections.
"I don't have any announcements to make today about that," the premier said.
"I don't think it's been settled, but there are obviously many different activities, and local government elections could be one of them - I'm not saying it is, it could be one of them - where these restrictions, stage four, has a direct impact.
"That's not the preferred outcome, but I don't think any of us can ignore the fact these restrictions - this lockdown - is having knock-on effects in lots of different ways.
"If and when we've got any announcements to make about those matters then of course we will."
Local government minister Shaun Leane faced questions about whether local government elections would proceed in October and how they could be staged safely during a controversial sitting of the Legislative Council last week.
The government said it would take advice from the Chief Health Officer. The Victorian Electoral Commission was understood to be developing a COVID Safe Election Plan.
The VEC on Saturday called on Bendigo residents to be ready to have their say.
"Make sure you're enrolled correctly by the close of roll, which is 4 pm on August 28," electoral commissioner Warwick Gately said
"As this is a postal election, it's important to check your address details are correct - this includes any alternative postal address."
The state's peak body for local government, the Municipal Association of Victoria, called earlier this year for for council elections to be postponed.
The state government in May confirmed the elections would go ahead, with postal voting to be used by all councils for the first time.
A number of Bendigo candidates have raised arguments against postponing council elections.
Victorians are living under two levels of restrictions - stage three, in regional Victoria; and stage four, in metropolitan Melbourne.
Restrictions are expected to lift days before candidate nominations open.
Candidates are largely restricted to campaigning online and remotely, under guidelines published on Wednesday.
Stage three restrictions enable regional candidates to conduct letterbox drops, hand out leaflets and place billboards or posters, provided they do so in adherence to COVID-19 restrictions.