2020 local government elections

Nominating for council

Nominations open on the day the voters roll is certified and available and close at 12 noon, 32 days before election day. This year, nominations close at noon 22 Tuesday 22 September.

You can pick up a nomination form from the returning officer at your council's election office. All candidates must nominate in person before the returning officer.

Dates for lodging nominations are generally advertised in the local press.

If eligible, you can nominate for the positions of:

  • Lord Mayor or Deputy Lord Mayor at the City of Melbourne
  • councillor for all councils, including the City of Melbourne.

The returning officer must reject your nomination if you are not on the voters roll.

Councillors can't nominate if they'll still be in office on election day.

You can't nominate for election to more than one council.

Nomination fee and form

To stand for council, you must pay a $250 nomination fee and complete a nomination form that includes:

  • your council’s name and ward, if applicable
  • a declaration stating your eligibility to be a candidate and acknowledgement that it's an offence to submit a notice of candidature if you are not qualified or capable of being a councillor
  • your signature and date you signed the form.

The $250 nomination fee will be refunded if you are successfully elected to council or receive at least four per cent of the total number of first preference votes.

City of Melbourne

You can't nominate for councillor at the same time as nominating for Lord Mayor or Deputy Lord Mayor.

The returning officer must accept the first received valid nomination and reject all subsequent nominations from you.

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Judith Voce, former mayor and councillor at City of Boroondara.

“I was always thinking about the community, that’s where the role lies. Every day politics is delivering on the needs of your local community.”