Welcome to Local Government Candidate Training

Local Government Candidate Training closed on 22 September at 12noon


About this training

The Victorian Government is providing training for members of the Victorian community who wish to nominate as a candidate in the council elections.

The training will help you understand the role and responsibilities of being a councillor.

You will not be able to nominate as a candidate unless you have completed the training. This is a new requirement, introduced in the Local Government Act 2020.

Note that three councils will not be holding elections , these are the Shire of South Gippsland (2021), City of Whittlesea (2024) and City of Casey (2024). Each of these councils is currently under administration.

How long will the training take?

The training should take around an hour to complete.

Where can I get help if I need it during the training?

Help is available during business hours from your local council.

Find your council contact details.

Further questions?

Download the detailed FAQ here.

Are you ready to start?

What you’ll need handy

To register you will need:

  • a driver’s licence or passport
  • access to an email address.

Please see our privacy and data collection statement.

As this training is mandatory, there may be a time in the future when we are asked to verify that you did complete it. To do this, we ask you to provide the number of your driver’s licence or passport.

If you do not have a driver’s licence or passport you can still complete the training. Please contact Local Government Victoria, during business hours, on 03 9948 8592 or via email LGAct@delwp.vic.gov.au.  

You will also need access to an email account. When you register, we will send a unique link to access the training. If you can’t finish the training in one session your progress will be saved and you’ll be able to resume your training via the link.

We will send confirmation you have completed the course with the information you need to provide about the training when you nominate.

Don’t forget to read our frequently asked questions before you begin.

Page last updated: 22/09/20