Information for Voters

Enrolment and voting

The Victorian Electoral Commission has a range of advice on enrolment and voting in the elections available here.

General Information

A guide to local council elections is available on the Know Your Council website along with lots of information about council responsibilities and performance.

Information for Candidates

Candidate Training

In 2020, all candidates must complete Local Government Candidate Training before they are able to nominate.

You must complete the training before formally nominating as a candidate.

You can find out more and take the course here.


It's Our Time

It’s Our Time is a campaign to motivate and support Victorian women to stand for council in the upcoming local government elections.

The campaign aims to support any woman, of any age, from all across Victoria to gain the know-how, skills and confidence to take her place at the table of some of the biggest decisions of our generation. Find out more here.



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Victorian Electoral Commission

The VEC publishes a range of guidance materials for candidates in the 2020 Local Government elections, including advice on eligibility, the nominations process and campaigning available here.

Election Integrity

The Local Government Inspectorate is the integrity agency for local government in Victoria.

They publish a range of guidance on election donations and other integrity matters available here.

Safe Campaigning Guidelines

Local Government Victoria and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have released updated Safe Campaign Guidelines for the October Local Government elections.

The guidelines now reflect the most current advice from the roadmap to recovery announced on Sunday 6 September.

The guidelines will help candidates understand how to comply with the directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, and how to stay safe while campaigning.

With separate advice for candidates in regional Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne, the guidelines will provide advice for candidates on what campaign activities are permitted in their area.

Metropolitan Melbourne

At 11:59pm on Sunday 13 September, distribution of campaign flyers/material in letterboxes, and the placement of billboards and posters will be allowed in metropolitan Melbourne.

Metropolitan Melbourne - Safe Campaigning Guidelines (PDF, 391.3 KB)

Regional Victoria

At 11:59pm on Sunday 13 September, regional Victoria will move to Step 2 of the recovery roadmap. There are no changes to campaign activities that are currently allowed.

Regional Victoria - Safe Campaigning Guidelines (PDF, 393.2 KB)

Page last updated: 08/09/20