Candidate information

Becoming a Councillor is a great opportunity to represent your community and take an active role in shaping the health, wellbeing, culture, environment, biodiversity and economic success of Nillumbik.


You can nominate for any ward. All candidates must be qualified to nominate.

To qualify, you must be:

  • 18 years or older
  • an Australian citizen
  • eligible to vote in Nillumbik as a state-enrolled or a council-enrolled voter.

There is a list of circumstances that disqualify a candidate from nominating. For more information, visit VEC.

Information sessions

Before you nominate for Council, it’s important to understand what the role involves. We encourage you to attend the information sessions to help you prepare. 

Stand for Council

Thursday 18 July from 6.30pm-8.30pm (in person and online)
Town Hall Broadmeadows

In partnership with Nillumbik Shire Council, the Municipal Association of Victoria is delivering a number of information sessions for prospective candidates. These sessions can be attended in-person or online and will be held at locations across Victoria from May to August.

The sessions will include information about:

  • local government and the important role councils play for our local communities
  • the role and responsibility of a Councillor, Mayor, Deputy Mayor and CEO
  • the election process and candidate requirements
  • what newly elected councillors can expect soon after the elections
  • councillor training and development opportunities.

The northern metropolitan session will be hosted by Hume City Council. 

Nillumbik Shire Council CEO Carl Cowie will be there to answer questions.


You can register to attend one or more of the sessions - you don’t need to attend the northern metropolitan session.

For more information, visit the Stand for Council page

Becoming a Councillor

Monday 22 July 2024 from 7pm to 9pm (online)

Run by the VLGA, this session will help candidates learn about their legal and regulatory obligations, participatory decision making, the importance of Codes of Conduct and essential community leadership skills that promote and model good governance. Numbers are limited.

To find out more and register, visit Becoming a Councillor.

Women for Election session

Get Equipped with the Skills to Run for Office

The Northern Councils Alliance in partnership with Merri-bek Council is delivering this dedicated workshop for multicultural women.

Facilitated by multicultural women with lived experience in political life, this highly practical, non-partisan workshop will provide you with key knowledge of how to campaign at local government. Learn the tools and techniques to run for office and be the best candidate you can be.

The program is delivered over two sessions - Saturday 20 July 2024 from 11am-2.30pm and Saturday 27 July 2024 from 11am-2.30pm. 

Glenroy Community Hub, 50 Wheatsheaf Road Glenroy


LGBTIQA+ X Stand for Council

Monday 19 August - 5:45pm for a 6:00pm start, ending around 8:15pm
Victorian Pride Centre, 79/81 Fitzroy Street St Kilda

MAV in partnership with Rainbow Local Government is hosting a special session of the Stand for Council program for people from LGBTIQA+ communities. LGBTIQA+ people continue to face significant barriers to civic participation. Rainbow Local Government research shows only 1.6% of Victorian councillors identified as LGBTIQA+ before the 2020 election. This rose to nearly 5% after the 2020 election, however LGBTIQA+ councillors and community members still face discrimination, exclusion and harassment.

Get more info about LGBTIQA+ X Stand for Council.

Victorian Electoral Commission sessions

The VEC will run online and in-person information sessions for candidates in early September. The VEC will also nominate a local election manager who can help you submit your nomination and provide advice. More information will be published on this page when it’s available.

Compulsory Local Government Candidate Training

In addition, all candidates must complete Local Government Victoria’s mandatory training before they submit their nomination form. For more information, visit Local Government Victoria.

How to nominate

All potential candidates must apply through the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC). Find out about becoming a local council candidate from the VEC. 

Nominations open 9am on Monday 9 September and close at noon on Tuesday 17 September.

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