Becoming a Local Council Candidate

Prospective Candidates 

  • Online Mandatory Candidate Training information is available on this Local Government Victoria website.  In accordance with the new Local Government Act 2020 Section 256(7) “a person cannot nominate as a candidate for an election as a Councillor unless the person has completed the prescribed training”.
  • The FAQ for Candidates  and the VLGA “Your Campaign Toolkit” provide useful information for prospective candidates.
  • The Victorian Local Governance Association actively works to increase women’s participation in local governments as citizens, candidates and Councillors. To help achieve this there is training for women who are potential candidates for local government. Information about this can be found on the following page Local Women Leading Change Online
  • Prospective candidates are encouraged to attend or view a Council meeting. Details are available on the Council Minutes and Agendas page.
  • Questions in relation to the Council elections should be directed to Bernardine Schilling, Manager Organisational Performance, via email at or during business hours via telephone on 03 53 98 0100.
  • Click here to access the Frequently Asked Questions for Candidates document.

Online Training

This year, for the first time, local government candidates are required to complete mandatory training to be eligible to nominate.

It was intended that each council would deliver face-to-face sessions of Local Government Candidate Training within their municipality. Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions the Minister for Local Government, determined that the training will be delivered online.

To access the Mandatory online training click here

To register for the VLGA and Yarriambiack Shire Council Candidate Information Session click here


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.

The Guidelines are available at Safe Campaign Guidelines 2020


Voting in Local Government elections is compulsory for anyone enrolled to vote, unless you are aged 70 or more.  If you are unsure if you are enrolled to vote or your address has recently changed, it is important to check or update your details by going to the Victorian Electoral Commission website.  Alternatively you can contact the Victorian Electoral Commission on 131 382.

Important Dates

  • Nominations open on September 17 and Close at 12 noon on September 22
  • Close of Postal Voting – Friday 23 October 2020, 6pm
  • Statutory Meeting – November 2020
  • First meeting of new Council –  November 2020

To find out more on how to become a Local Council Candidate click here

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