Are you interested in becoming a Councillor? If so, here are some things you need to know. 

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to stand for Council, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or eligible British citizen;
  • be at least 18 years of age on election day; and
  • be enrolled to vote in the municipality.

You are not eligible to stand for election if you:

  • have not completed the prescribed candidate training in the last four years;
  • are an undischarged bankrupt;
  • your property is subject to control under the law relating to bankruptcy;
  • are of unsound mind;
  • have been convicted of certain criminal offences (within seven years of the election);
  • work for the council in which you intend to become a councillor;
  • are a councillor with another council; or
  • are a Federal Member of Parliament or a Member of Parliament in any state or territory.

For further information on becoming a council election candidate, visit the Victorian Electoral Commission

Information and resources for candidates

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) provides a range of resources and information for candidates.  You can find out more about the electoral process by reading their Candidate Handbook for the 2020 elections and visiting Manningham Council's page on their website. 

The VEC has opened its Election Office for the 2020 elections which is located at Office 7 The Point Corporate Centre, 600 Doncaster Road, Doncaster.  Manningham's Election Manager is Mr Brian Kelly.  Election related enquiries should be directed to Mr Kelly at the Election Office on 8619 1440.

Peak local government bodies the Victorian Local Governance Association and Municipal Association of Victoria provide a number of resources on their websites that may help you decide if running for Council is right for you.  They also provide free information sessions for prospective candidates in the lead up to the elections which you can find out more about on their websites. 

The Victorian Government has prepared Guidelines for safe campaigning during the coronavirus pandemic.  Please ensure your campaigning activities are undertaken in accordance with the guidelines to ensure the safety of yourself and our community.

Manningham's website also contains a number of useful resources including our Council Plan, Annual Budget and Annual Report to name a few.   

For further information, visit Local Government Victoria.

Election Signage

The display of election signage in Manningham is controlled on private land by the Manningham Planning Scheme and on public land by the Community Local Law. 

Private Land
Under the Manningham Planning Scheme, a permit is not required to display an election sign on private land provide the following criteria is met:

  • only one sign is erected onsite
  • the sign's area does not exceed 5 square metres in size
  • the sign is not animated or internally illuminated
  • the sign is removed within 14 days after the end of the election period

If this criteria is not met, a planning permit will be required before the erection of any signage on private land.  Putting up a sign before obtaining a planning permit if required, may result in significant penalties being issued under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to the owner of the land and the person who erects the sign.

Unless a permit has already been obtained there is no guarantee that an application for a permit will be finalised prior to election-day.

Public Land
Manningham’s Community Local Law requires approval before signage is placed in any public place or on Manningham’s footpaths.  To maintain Council’s neutrality during the election period and in accordance with Council’s Election Period Policy 2020, applications to erect electoral signage on Council land will not be supported. 

Any electoral related signs erected on Council land may be impounded.  Infringements may also be issued to anybody who breaches the local law.

Candidate workshops

Manningham has partnered with the Victorian Local Governance Association to deliver a number of candidate information sessions. If you are interested in standing for Council at the 2020 elections we invite you to attend one of our upcoming workshops. These sessions are free for all participants. 

Candidate Information Workshop - Completed

  • Date: Wednesday 29 July 2020
  • Time: 6.00 to 7.30pm
  • Location: Online

Local Women Leading Change Workshop - Completed

  • Date: Saturday 25 July 2020
  • Time: 10.30am to 3.00pm
  • Location: Online

Candidate Information Workshop - Completed

  • Date: Wednesday 9 September 2020
  • Time: 6.00pm to 7.00pm
  • Location: Manningham Council, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

For further information on Candidate information and training sessions visit the Victorian Local Governance Association.

Mandatory training

To be eligible to stand for Council you must complete the prescribed mandatory training

The Minister for Local Government has advised that the mandatory training will be delivered online and administered via Local Government Victoria. All prospective candidates will need to complete this training before they can nominate. 

Under new requirements included in the Local Government Act 2020, candidates must complete the course to be eligible to nominate with the Victorian Electoral Commission. This includes all serving or former councillors intending to nominate.

The online course will take around an hour to complete and ensure candidates fully understand the role of councillor and its requirements.

Important dates 2020

Friday, 28 August - 4pmEntitlement DateYou must be enrolled to vote by this date in order to nominate as a candidate.
Wednesday, 16 SeptemberOpening of Election OfficeThe election office is the main point of contact for the VEC for voters and candidates. Candidates must nominate in person with the VEC at the election office.
Thursday, 17 SeptemberOpening of NominationsNominations open. You must nominate in person with the VEC at the election office.
Tuesday, 22 September - 12pmNomination DayNominations close 12 midday and a ballot draw follows to determine the order on the ballot papers.
Wednesday, 23 September - 12pmLodgement of Candidate StatementsLodgement of candidates statements, photos and questionnaires close at 12 midday.
From 6 OctoberBallot Packs MailedBallot packs posted to all registered voters.
Friday, 23 October  - 6pmClose of Voting 
Friday, 30 October  - 12pmPostal Vote ReceiptPostal vote receipt period closes at 12 midday.
Friday, 13 NovemberDeclaration of ElectionThe election results will be declared by this date.