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Resources for prospective candidates

Nominating for election to local government is a big decision and a significant commitment.

These resources can help you to understand what’s involved, and what makes a good candidate.

VEC Candidate Handbook 2020

A toolkit for assisting candidates in local government campaigns. (Victorian Electoral Commission)

Toolkit

Local Government Candidate Training

Information about the new mandatory training requirements for all candidates. (Local Government Victoria)

Mandatory training

Candidate information sessions

Candidate information sessions, held in council areas across Victoria. Various dates. (Victorian Local Governance Association)

Information

Candidate Information and Training Sessions 2020

Information, resources and education about the business of local government and candidate development. (Victorian Local Governance Association).

Information

ALGWA - Victoria Branch

Free information sessions and support for women who are considering running for local government. (ALGWA - Victoria Branch)

Peer support

Your Community, Country and Council

Online forums, videos and podcasts to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' self-determination through participation as voters and candidacy. (Victorian Local Governance Association)

Online Forums

Your Community, Country and Council

Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' self-determination through participation as voters and candidacy. Hear from Aboriginal women who've run for election. (Victorian Local Governance Association)

Video

What do Councils do?

Find out about the services and support that council provides to communities in this short explainer video. (Reconciliation Victoria and Victorian Electoral Commission)

Video

What is the role of a councillor?

In the upcoming Victorian local council elections, you will vote for the Councillors who will represent your community. Learn about what councillors do in this short explainer video. (Reconciliation Victoria and Victorian Electoral Commission)

Video

How to vote in council elections?

Unsure how to vote in the Victorian local council elections? Watch this video to learn how. (Reconciliation Victoria and Victorian Electoral Commission)

Video

Campaign Playbook

A guide to nominating for council election in Victoria. (It's Our Time)

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A message from Reconciliation Victoria

An important message from Reconciliation Victoria about the 2020 Local Government Elections. (Maggolee)

Watch

How to Stand for Council

Information about standing for council, and the changes introduced in 2020 as a result of COVID-19. (Vic Councils)

Guide

Community and Candidate Information Sessions

Free information sessions about local government and the role of councillors, held in municipalities across Victoria. (Vic Councils)

Training

More women for local government

A Facebook group for women who are considering running for local government.

Peer support
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