Diverse group of people standing in a circle looking at the camera

To become a candidate you must be:

  • an Australian citizen (or qualified British subject); and
  • enrolled as a voter in the council in which you wish to stand for election.

Candidates can stand for election for any ward within the municipality, even if their enrolled address is in a different ward.

To be eligible to stand as a candidate in the Council elections in October 2020, you must be nominated by 12.00pm on Tuesday 22 September 2020.

The VEC have released the 2020 local council elections candidate handbook which this outlines aspects of electoral law that directly relate to candidates.

More information about becoming a candidate is available on the VEC’s website.

Mandatory Candidate Training

All candidates are required to attend mandatory candidate training.

Local Government Victoria will deliver the Mandatory Candidate Training through a short online course. The course will take approximately 1 hour to complete.

You must complete the Mandatory Candidate Training in order to be eligible to nominate as a candidate with the VEC.

You will not be eligible to nominate as a candidate in the October 2020 election unless you have completed the mandatory candidate training.

Candidate Information Sessions

It is crucial that candidates start early in their preparation for Council elections.

Council has partnered with the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) to deliver three (3) workshops ahead of the 2020 elections. These workshops will:

  • enable prospective candidates to be better prepared for the online mandatory training, or to follow up on areas of interest
  • cover elements, including campaigning that are not otherwise addressed in the mandatory sessions
  • allow for interaction and for conversation during Q and A to be broader than the scripted online mandatory training.


 When Where  Register

Wednesday 19 August from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

This will be a virtual session.

Register Now

Saturday 29 August from 10:00am to 11:30am

This will be a virtual session.

Register Now

Thursday 10 September from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Japara Living and Learning Centre, 54/58 Durham Rd Kilsyth, VIC 3137

Register Now

The VLGA has produced a Campaign Toolkit 2020 for candidates in the 2020 Council elections. This complements the VLGA’s Candidate Information and Training Program and contains tips and tools for you to consider as part of your candidacy.

Safe Campaigning Guidelines

Advice on safe campaigning for the October local government elections has been published by Local Government Victoria.

Campaigning for council elections in October 2020 - Guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19) will help candidates understand how to comply with the directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer to stay safe while campaigning.

This includes advice on permitted campaign activities, safety for campaign teams, basic hygiene and physical distancing.

Local Government Victoria will continually update the guidelines with the latest directions and restrictions. It is recommended candidates check the guidelines regularly throughout campaigning.

Always refer to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for specific information on current restrictions: