The Shire is governed and administered by the Wellington Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Sale, it also has service centres located in Maffra, Stratford and Rosedale. The Shire is named after a major geographical feature in the region, Lake Wellington, which is located in the south-east of the LGA.
The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Sale Municipal Offices, which is also the location of the council's administrative activities. It also provides customer services at both its administrative centre in Portland, and its service centres in Maffra, Stratford and Rosedale.
^ abVictoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). Order estg (Part 7) the Shire of Wellington. "S94 of 1994". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 2 December 1994). p. 3. Retrieved 10 January 2014.Check date values in: |date= (help)
^Local Government in Victoria. "Wellington Shire Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014.