Information for candidates


There are specific eligibility requirements which must be satisfied by all prospective election candidates.

Find out if you are eligible to nominate as a candidate

To nominate as an election candidate, a person must:

  • be an Australian citizen;
  • be at least 18 years of age on election day;
  • be enrolled as a voter in the municipal district in which they are standing; and
  • completed the required mandatory training.

A person may not nominate as a candidate for a Council election they are:

  • an undischarged bankrupt;
  • of unsound mind;
  • a member of Council staff who has not taken leave to stand;
  • convicted of certain criminal or electoral offences;
  • banned from being a Company Director;
  • a Councillor in another Australian Council;
  • a member of the Parliament of an Australian State or Territory or the Commonwealth;
  • employed by the Parliament of a State or Territory or the Commonwealth as a Ministerial Officer, Parliamentary Advisor or Electorate Officer – who has not taken leave to stand.

A person may not nominate as an election candidate if they ceased to be a Councillor of that Council in the preceding four years for:

  • failing to take the oath of office;
  • being absent for four consecutive Ordinary Council Meetings without leave;
  • failing to attend a call of the Council without a sufficient excuse;
  • having been disqualified after a finding of gross misconduct, which has not yet expired.

Questions regarding eligibility in Nillumbik’s 2020 Local Government elections should be directed to the Election Manager.

Mandatory training 

The Local Government Act 2020 requires those who wish to nominate as a candidate for the 2020 Local Government elections to undertake mandatory training.

Find out more about mandatory training for election candidates

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this mandatory training will be facilitated via an e-Learning module and managed by Local Government Victoria.

You will receive a Certificate of Completion for this module and be required to present this when you nominate as a candidate.

The VEC produces Candidate Handbooks to assist candidates with the nomination process. You can find out more about the candidate nomination process by reading this Candidate Handbook.

Local Government Victoria have also produced an FAQs pack for election candidates, providing detailed information about the candidate training.

Click here or on the image below to access the mandatory candidate training

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To nominate, complete a nomination form, make an appointment and lodge it with the Election Manager together with the nomination fee.

Find out how, where and when to nominate as a candidate

Nomination forms can be lodged by appointment during business hours from Thursday 17 September 2020 until 12 noon on Tuesday 22 September 2020 at the election office: Unit 7/256 Bolton Street, Eltham

Visit for more information and to complete your nomination form using the online Candidate Helper.

Then print your completed form and make an appointment to lodge it with the Election Manager along with the nomination fee.

Call the Election Manager from Wednesday 16 September 2020 on 03 8619 1457 to make a nomination appointment.

Prospective candidates are also encouraged to attend one of three interactive seminars, to be held on:

  • Wednesday 9 September at 7pm
  • Sunday 13 September at 1pm
  • Tuesday 15 September at 5pm

More information and booking details can be found on the VEC website.

The video below, published by the VEC, provides comprehensive information for prospective candidates to find out more about the nomination process for the 2020 local council elections.



Safe campaigning during COVID-19

Local Government Victoria have produced Safe Campaign Guidelines to assist candidates understand how to comply with the directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer to stay safe while campaigning. These guidelines will be updated as required with the latest directions and restrictions. Candidates should check these guidelines regularly throughout their campaign. 

Election signs

There are rules that apply to the placement of election signs on Council-owned and private land. Find out more here.

Candidate Information Request Register

In accordance with section 6.5 of Council’s Election Period Policy, an Information Request Register will be maintained from 17 September 2020 to 24 October 2020. The Register will be updated regularly by Council’s Governance team. All requests by candidates will be added to this register to ensure equity of information for all candidates.

Any enquiries regarding the Candidate Information Request Register can be directed to Council’s Governance team at

View the Candidate Information Request Register Election Period 2020

Campaign donations

Under the Local Government Act 2020, Section 306:

Within 40 days of election day, a person who was a candidate in the election must give an election campaign donation return to the Chief Executive Officer. 

Find out more about campaign donation return requirements

An election campaign donation return must –

  • be in the prescribed form; and
  • contain the prescribed details in respect of any gifts received during the donation period by or on behalf of the candidate, to be used for or in connection with the election campaign, the amount or value of which is equal to or exceeds the gift disclosure threshold.

Copies of election campaign donation return forms will be included in Candidate Information Kits and will be made accessible on this page when they become available.

Within 14 days after the deadline for lodgement of completed election campaign donation returns by candidates, summaries of each return lodged will be made available on Council’s website and will include the following information:

  • the name of the candidate
  • if a gift is included in the return, the name of the person who made the gift, and the value of the gift received from that person

This information will remain on Council's website until the close of the roll for the next general election.

The 2020 campaign donations will appear here within 40 days of the 2020 local government elections.

2020 Campaign donation register(DOCX, 41KB)

Copies of completed election campaign donation returns will be available for inspection only upon application at Council’s office for 4 years.

Find out more about campaign donation returns


Key dates




Close of Roll

Friday 28 August 4pm

Voters must be enrolled by this date

Statutory notice of election

From 31 August

How to stand, how to contact the Election Manager and where to get further information

Opening of election office

Wednesday 16 September

7/256 Bolton Street, Eltham - main point of contact for the VEC for voters and candidates. Candidates must nominate in person by appointment with the VEC at the election office.

Opening of nominations

Thursday 17 September

Candidates must nominate in person by appointment with the VEC at the election office.

Nomination day

Tuesday 22 September

Nominations to be a candidate close at midday. A ballot draw will follow. Usually a public event, however this will be confirmed by the VEC due to social distancing requirements.

Candidate statements and photographs

Wednesday 23 September 12pm

Statements, photographs and questionnaires due by midday.

Ballot packs mailed

6 - 8 October

Voters are requested to wait until the following week before requesting replacement material.

Close of voting

Friday 23 October 6pm


Declaration of election

Friday 13 November

The results of the election will be declared by this date.