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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.

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.


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.


You also need to undertake Mandatory Training Information Sessions and provide this information to the VEC as evidence that you have undertaken the training before running for Council.


The requirements are outlined in the Local Government Act 2020.


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 has put together a Candidate Information Pack  that provides a high level overview about East Gippsland Shire Council and lists key documents for candidates. The candidate information pack will be available here shortly.


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


Sessions will be held on:

  • Wednesday 19 August  2 - 3.30pm
  • Monday 24 August  6 - 7:30pm

Register to attend


Mandatory Candidate Training

There is a new requirement for the 2020 Elections, anyone who  wants 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. This also includes any current councilors nominating in the 2020 election.


Mandatory Candidate Training will be delivered online through the Council’s website. This is expected to be available from Monday 10 August.

The link for the training will be available on this site shortly.


Got a question?

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

Email: feedback@egipps.vic.gov.au 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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