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Council elections - information for candidates

Information for people considering standing for election to East Gippsland Shire Council.

Candidates for Council elections need to be:

  • an Australian citizen; and
  • enrolled as a voter for East Gippsland Shire Council by 4pm Friday 28 August 2020; and
  • complete mandatory candidate training (now available).

Nominations for the Council election open 9am Thursday 17 September and close at 12 noon on Tuesday 22 September. 


Nominations must be lodged in person with the Victorian Electoral Commission at 54 Service Street, Bairnsdale.


Further information about nominating, including the Postal Election Candidate Handbook, can be obtained from the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC).


Do you want to be candidate?

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


Many people in our 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.


How do I stand as a candidate?

Visit the VEC's Becoming a Council Election Candidate page.

The Victorian Electoral Commission is your key contact so in the first instance please contact them on 131 832.


Candidate information

Council's Candidate Information Pack provides a high level overview about East Gippsland Shire Council and lists key documents for candidates.


Hear Chief Executive Officer Anthony Basford speak about East Gippsland Shire.

In addition to the pack, Council has engaged the Victorian Local Governance Association to provide two online awareness sessions for potential candidates.


Victorian Electoral Commission candidate information sessions

Candidate Information video presentation is now available on the VEC website.


The presentation provides comprehensive information for prospective candidates to find out more about the nomination process for the 2020 local council elections.


Mandatory Candidate Training

A new requirement for the upcoming election is that anyone wanting to nominate as a candidate in the 2020 Local Government Elections must complete mandatory training before they nominate.


This is required under the Local Government Act 2020 and includes any current Councillors nominating in the 2020 election.


To complete the mandatory training you will need access to an email address and identification (drivers licence or passport).


Before you start the mandatory candidate training you should read this information.


Mandatory candidate training will take about 1 hour.

If you are ready to complete the training click on the image below:


Register for candidate training here  


Safe campaigning

Local Government Victoria has advice on safe campaigning for the elections.


The Safe Campaign Guidelines help you understand how to follow the directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer to stay safe while campaigning, including:

  • permitted campaign activities
  • safety for campaign teams
  • basic hygiene
  • physical distancing

Local Government Victoria will continually update these guidelines with the latest directions and restrictions. It is recommended you check the guidelines regularly throughout campaigning.


Got a question?

All requests for information during the election period will need be submitted in writing, with the subject Election Information Request, to

us by email, or

Mail: PO Box 1618, Bairnsdale Vic 3875


The Request for Information Register will record all requests relating to electoral matters, non-routine requests for information by Councillors and election candidates, as well as the responses.


The Request for Information Register will be made available on this website.



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