Election Candidate Information
How do I stand as a candidate?
To be a candidate for a local council election, you must:
- be an Australian citizen or an eligible British subject referred to in section 48(1)(a) of the Constitution Act 1975
- be aged 18 years of age
- be enrolled on the voters' roll for the council in which you wish to stand
- have completed the mandatory Local Government Candidate Training
- not be disqualified from being a councillor.
You cannot be a candidate for any of the following reasons:
- you are an undischarged bankrupt
- you have property that is subject to control under the law relating to bankruptcy
- you are a member of council staff of the council. You can take leave from this role in order to nominate
- you have been convicted of any of the criminal offences referred to in section 34(2) of the Act
- you are a councillor with another council, including interstate councils
- you are member of an Australian Parliament, including the Federal Parliament or a Member of Parliament in any state or territory of the Commonwealth of Australia
- you are employed by a Federal or State Member of Parliament as a Ministerial Officer, a Parliamentary Adviser or an Electorate Officer. You can take leave from these roles in order to nominate
- you are otherwise incapable of becoming or continuing to be a councillor.
The eligibility requirements for candidates have recently changed. Prospective candidates should confirm their eligibility and complete the online mandatory local government candidate training before lodging ther nomination. This includes candidates who are currently or have previously been a councillor.
Prospective candidates must make an appointment during business hours with the Election Manager to lodge their nomination form and pay their $250 nomination fee by 12 noon Tuesday 22 September.
The election office at Brunswick Town Hall will be open for nominations during business hours from Thursday 17 September until 12 noon Tuesday 22 September - remember to make your appointment first.
To prepare, prospective candidates can:
- watch the candidate information session now available online at vec.vic.gov.au
- attend a state-wide interactive candidate seminar – held online at vec.vic.gov.au as follows:
- Wednesday 9 September at 7pm
- Sunday 13 September at 1 pm
- Tuesday 15 September at 5 pm
Further information on nominating as a candidate is available at vec.vic.gov.au.
Further details are outlined in the Local Government Act 2020.
The Know Your Council website also has information about standing as a candidate.
Mandatory Candidate Training
This year, for the first time, local government candidates are required to complete mandatory training to be eligible to nominate. The mandatory course was introduced in the Local Government Act 2020 to ensure candidates understand the role of councillor and the standards they are expected to uphold if elected.
The training covers key information about being a councillor, including understanding a conflict of interest, a code of conduct, and what support is available to help you if you are elected.
The training is available online – click here to access . There is also an important Frequently Asked Question sheet and additional information.
If you are having trouble accessing the training or need assistance, please contact the Council’s Governance team on 9240 1111.
Advice on safe campaigning for the October local government elections has been published by Local Government Victoria:
The Safe Campaign Guidelines - August 2020 aim to help candidates understand how to comply with the directions and stay safe while campaigning.
This includes advice on permitted campaign activities, safety for campaign teams, basic hygiene and physical distancing.
The guidelines will be updated by Local Government Victoria with the latest directions and restrictions, so keep an eye on their website.