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Information for candidates - 2020 Council election

The Victorian Electoral Commission has a range of information on their website to assist with becoming a local council candidate.

Candidate handbooks and forms can be downloaded from the VEC website

Candidate information sessions

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), hosted a ‘Stand for Council’ Candidate Information Session for Maroondah on Wednesday 2 September 2020.

A recorded information session can be streamed online from Thursday 3 September 2020.

Mandatory candidate training

Under the new requirements of the Local Government Act 2020, all local council candidates must complete mandatory Local Government Candidate Training to be eligible to nominate with the Victorian Electoral Commission.

While it was the intention to hold face-to-face training, in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister for Local Government has made the decision that training will be delivered via an eLearning module developed and deployed exclusively by Local Government Victoria.

Visit the Local Government Victoria website for information on the Mandatory Candidate Training and the link to register

Election advertising requirements

Read more on election advertising requirements:

Election advertising requirements 2020  (pdf, 50KB) 

Stay safe while campaigning

Local Government Victoria has published guidelines that will help candidates understand how to comply with the directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer to stay safe while campaigning.  

The document Campaigning for Council Elections in October 2020 - Guidelines for Coronavirus (COVID-19) (PDF) provides advice on permitted campaign activities, safety for campaign teams, basic hygiene and physical distancing. This document and further information is available on the Local Government Victoria website

Caretaker provisions

The Caretaker or Election Period commences on Tuesday 22 September 2020 and ends at 6pm on Saturday 24 October 2020 (Election Day).

‘Caretaker’ provisions are intended to assure the community that councils and councillors will avoid certain actions and decisions which could be seen to be influencing voters or which will have a significant impact on the incoming Council. Specific provisions apply to all councils during the election period under the Local Government Act 2020.

Information Request Register

This register is a public document that records all requests for information from candidates of a non-election nature and the responses and documentation provided in response to these requests. 

Information Request Register

2020 Election Period (Caretaker) Policy

In accordance with the Local Government Act 2020, a Council must prepare and adopt an Election Period Policy as part of its Governance Rules, and continue to maintain, review, and if required, amend the policy before the commencement of each subsequent general election period.

The Act further specifies the policy must include:

  • procedures intended to prevent the Council from making inappropriate decisions or using resources inappropriately during the election period before a general election
  • limits on public consultation and the scheduling of Council events
  • procedures to ensure that access to information held by Council is made equally available and accessible to candidates during the election

The Election Period Policy defines appropriate procedures and practices to ensure that the general elections for Maroondah City Council are conducted in a manner that is ethical, fair and equitable and are publicly perceived as such. 

A draft Election Period Policy was placed on public exhibition and will be considered by Council at its meeting on 31 August 2020. 

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