If you have a passion for your community and an ability to learn new skills, show leadership and work with others, then
becoming a councillor could be for you.
Who can stand as a candidate in a council election
To nominate for election as a councillor, a person:
- must be an Australian citizen
- must be at least 18 years of age on the election day
- must be enrolled as a voter in the municipal district in which they are standing.
If you are considering candidature for a council election and are unsure of your eligibility, you should seek advice from the election manager.
For more information on eligibility to stand as a candidate, please visit Participating as a candidate.
How to nominate
In order to be a candidate in a council election, a person must:
- complete a nomination form and deliver it to the election manager during the nomination period
- complete the Local Government Candidate Training
- sign the declaration on the nomination form in front of a Election Manager
- pay a nomination fee of $250 (which is refundable if the candidate is elected or gains at least 4% of the first preference votes in the election).
Becoming a candidate
Information and assistance are available in a number of forms prior to and during an election.
The Victorian Electoral Commission also provides a comprehensive candidate handbook that describes the election process and timelines. The kit also explains the requirements of becoming a candidate and includes forms to be completed by candidates.
For more information on becoming a council election candidate visit VEC Candidates & Parties.