Standing For Council

Key dates

Candidate Information Sessions

Tuesday 8 September 2020, 4pm. 

This interactive workshop will be presented by the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) in collaboration with Mansfield Shire Council.

This free workshop will cover: 

• Roles and responsibilities of Councils and Councillors

• Current issues facing Local Government

• Candidate information for the 2020 Elections

• Campaign tips and tools

Register for this session here


Mandatory Candidate Training

Under the new Local Government Act 2020, candidates will have to undertake mandatory candidate training to consider standing for council which will help candidates understand what is involved in becoming a councillor. 

Candidates must complete the course to be eligible to nominate with the Victorian Electoral Commission. This includes all serving or former councillors intending to nominate.

The online course will take around an hour to complete and ensure candidates fully understand the role of councillor and its requirements. All candidates must complete the training by September 17, 2020. 

Please find more information including frequently asked questions HERE 


Electoral information

Victorian Electoral Commission office opens to the public on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 to Friday, October 23, 2020. It will be located at 30B and 30E High Street Mansfield.

Nomination period – Thursday 17 September 2020 to 12pm on Tuesday 22 September 2020

Election Day - Saturday, October 24, 2020


Standing for council

Who qualifies to be a councillor?

The Local Government Act 2020 (the Act) lists the qualifications to be a councillor and the electoral provisions for being on the voters roll.


How can I nominate for council elections?

Candidates are required to nominate with the Victorian Electoral Commission. The nomination period is from Thursday 17 September 2020, to 12pm on Tuesday, 22 September 2020.

The Local Government Act 2020 requires candidates to nominate in person. Nominees must make an appointment with their local Election Office. They will need to follow strict physical distancing and hygiene measures when they go to the office.

Read the VEC's Becoming a council election candidate on their website here and see their candidate handbooks here

Information regarding how to nominate can be found here


Councillor Induction Program

An extensive Councillor Induction Program will be provided to successful candidates over the first few months following the election. This program can be found HERE.


Where can I find out more?

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is appointed to run the election on behalf of the council. They provide updated information on becoming a candidate. Visit the VEC website for further information.

The peak organisation for Victorian Local Government is the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV). Find out more about standing for and becoming a councillor at their viccouncils site.

The Know Your Council website provides an opportunity for you to access consistent information in regard to the performance of local councils across Victoria. It also has information on council elections.


Support from existing councillors

You may wish to discuss your interest with one of the current councillors so as to better understand the role of a councillor. Visit the councillors page on our website.

 Local Government Act 2020 - Qualifications to Become a Councillor.pdf        Local Government Act 2020 - Electoral Provisions.pdf


Safe Campaigning Guidelines Published

Advice on safe campaigining 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. 

Guidelines are available at

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