2020 Council Election

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Have you thought about being a Councillor?

Being a Councillor is a rewarding challenge – one which requires commitment, responsibility and accountability.

Many people in our local communities provide strong and strategic leadership. Local government can perform at its peak and make informed decisions when communities are represented by a diverse group of leaders. Diversity comes in many forms including backgrounds, experiences, culture, age and gender.

There are some eligibility requirements; you need to be an Australian citizen, at least 18 years of age on election day and enrolled to vote in the municipality you plan to stand in.

The Council elections take place in October this year. 

If you want to be involved in the future of your community, and are willing to learn and participate, then you should explore what it takes to be a Councillor. 


Potential candidate information

Mandatory training

In 2020, all candidates must complete Local Government Candidate Training before they are able to nominate, which must be completed before formally nominating as a candidate.

When you nominate as a candidate with the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) you will be required to make a statutory declaration that you have completed the training.  

This training, which is to be conducted online, will be available in early August.

Campaigning safely during COVID-19 

Local Government Victoria has developed a guide hat helps candidates understand how to comply with the directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer to stay safe while campaigning.

This includes advice on permitted campaign activities, safety for campaign teams, basic hygiene and physical distancing.

Other resources

The Vic Councils website features information on how to become a Councillor, what is involved in the role and key dates.


Training and workshops

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Local Women Leading Change online workshops 

The Victorian Local Governance Association is hosting fee online workshops for women considering running for local government. 

To register for a workshop, please visit the VLGA website

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Your Community, Country & Council Live Forums 

The Victorian Local Government Association and independent Aboriginal journalist and broadcaster, Charles Pakana will be holding Your Community, Country & Council Live Forums designed by and for Aboriginal peoples interested in knowing more about being a councillor, the complexities of local government and to encourage participation in the 2020 Local Government elections – either as a voter or as a candidate.

Forums will be held online on:

  • Wednesday, 12 August (10.30am) - Pitching stories to the media and building a social media presence. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, 19 August (10.30am) - Candidate nomination process and engaging with community. Click here for more information.

Further information

The Victorian Electoral Commission will oversee this year's elections, with ballots to be accepted via mail. Information regarding how this election will proceed - including enrolling to vote, nominating as a candidate and key dates - is available here.

Council's 2020 election contact is Lisa Clue, Manager Governance, who can be contacted on (03) 5450 9333 or lisa.clue@gannawarra.vic.gov.au