Local council elections happen every four years on the fourth Saturday in October.
The next local council general elections are scheduled for Saturday, 22 October 2016. An election for Brimbank City Council is scheduled to occur earlier, on Saturday, 28 March 2015.
Candidates thinking of nominating are encouraged to read the most recent Candidate Handbook to familiarise themselves with the key requirements and responsibilities of nomination for local council elections.
A returning officer is appointed prior to the election period and will be available to discuss specific election arrangements. The returning officer will also provide a kit containing the latest handbooks and forms for the election and answer any questions a potential candidate may have.
The VEC will also conduct information sessions about the election process approximately one week before the close of nominations.
To become a candidate you must be enrolled as a voter in the municipality in which you wish to stand.
You are not eligible to stand for election if:
If you are employed by any Federal or State Member of Parliament as a Ministerial Officer, a Parliamentary Adviser or an Electorate Officer, you are eligible to stand for election, but will not be eligible to take office without first resigning from your Parliamentary position. You must also take leave from any of these positions and not perform any of your duties for these positions during the election period.
Nominations are now open for the Ararat Rural City Council by-election.
Nominations must be made by 12 noon on nomination day at the relevant Election Office. Nomination day is 32 days before election day.
Late nominations cannot be accepted.
Each candidate nomination must be accompanied by a deposit of $250. The nomination deposit must be paid in cash or by cheque drawn on a bank, building society or credit union. Personal cheques or money orders cannot be accepted. Cheques should be made payable to the 'Victorian Electoral Commission'.
The deposit will be returned if the candidate:
For further information please see the latest Candidate Handbook.
Candidates must be on the voters roll for the municipality in which they intend to stand. The voters roll includes:
Candidates will be provided with an electronic copy of the roll for the election they are contesting, free of charge. This file can be printed if required and will be in a format suitable for looking up names and mail-merging letters.
Each candidate must personally sign an electoral roll confidentiality agreement to ensure that the data is used solely for campaign purposes in relation to the election.
All copies of the roll that are provided to candidates must be destroyed or returned after the declaration of the result for that election.
Please read the page on how-to-vote cards for specific information about registering and distributing how-to-vote cards.
There is no public funding for candidates in local council elections and by-elections.
If, at the close of nominations or on the retirement of a candidate, there are only enough nominations to fill the number of vacancies advertised, the Returning Officer must declare the nominated candidates elected and give public notice of their election.
Candidates should see what happens if there aren't many candidates for more information.