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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Safe Campaigning Guidelines

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

Advice for scrutineers at the 2020 council elections

Metropolitan Melbourne moved to Third Step of the roadmap for reopening from 11:59pm on 27 October.

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home.
  • If you live in metropolitan Melbourne, you can still only travel up to 25kms from your home
  • If you can work from home, you must continue to work from home. However, if the task cannot be done from home (i.e scrutineering), you can travel to work and travel beyond 25kms. You do not need to carry a permit unless you need to travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria for work. Your employer will give you a permit if you live in metropolitan Melbourne and are required to work in regional Victoria.
  • If you are scrutineering for elections, maintain 1.5 metres from those you don’t live with, wear a fitted face mask at all times and regularly wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly.

Please contact the VEC for further information about your responsibilities to be COVIDSafe whilst undertaking scrutineering.

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.

Page last updated: 04/11/20