Candidates

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To nominate as a candidate, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen and enrolled on the voters’ roll for Yarra Ranges Shire Council AND
  • be eligible to become a councillor should you be elected AND
  • have completed the mandatory candidate training before lodging your nomination with the Election Manager.

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

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

How to nominate as a candidate

To nominate, complete the nomination form and lodge it with the Election Manager together with the $250 nomination fee.

Nomination forms can be lodged by appointment during business hours from Thursday 17 September 2020 until 12 noon on Tuesday 22 September 2020 at Seville Hall, 590 Warburton Highway, Seville.

Call the Election Manager from Wednesday 16 September 2020 on 1300 142 706 to make a nomination appointment.

Visit vec.vic.gov.au for more information and to pre-complete your nomination form using the online Candidate Helper.

If you use the online Candidate Helper, print your pre-completed form and make an appointment to lodge it with the Election Manager along with the nomination fee.

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, which will help you understand the role and responsibilities of being a councillor.

Local Government Victoria will deliver the training through a short online course that will take approximately 1 hour to complete.

You can access the training online at the Local Government Victoria website.

You will need to register so that you can receive a unique link to access the training.

To register you will need:

  • a driver’s licence or passport
  • access to an email address

You will not be able to nominate as a candidate unless you have completed the training. This is a new requirement, introduced in the Local Government Act 2020.

Local Government Victoria will send confirmation you have completed the course with the information you need to provide about the training when you nominate.

If you need assistance to complete the training, help is available from Council during business hours on 1300 368 333.

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: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19