Candidate information

Thinking about becoming a councillor?

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.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 15 July 2020