Community information sessions

The Community and Candidate Information sessions will provide community members and prospective candidates with valuable information about the role and purpose of local government; and the role, responsibilities and expectations of a councillor, and the electoral process.

These sessions are different from the Mandatory Candidate Training sessions run by the State Government through Local Government Victoria.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all sessions will be delivered online.

The sessions cover:

  • The role and purpose of local government
  • The new Local Government Act 2020
  • Introduction to your council and information on the municipal area
  • Roles, responsibilities and expectations of a councillor
  • The experience of being a councillor
  • The electoral process and campaigning including key dates and information provided by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

At the end of the session, participants are sent the Citizen to Councillor guide which outlines the information covered in the session and additional information.

Session details

Please see below a list of the community and candidate information sessions. Please contact your council directly if you cannot see them listed, and they can advise you what training they are offering. For any enquires regarding the following sessions please contact the host council or email Jeannie Gill at standforcouncil@mav.asn.au.

Banyule City Council

12 August 2020 (Wed) - 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register


Baw Baw Shire Council

10 August 2020 (Mon) - 10:00am – 12:00pm - Register
14 August 2020 (Fri) - 10:00am – 12:00pm - Register


Bayside City Council

24 August 2020 (Mon) - 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register
20 August 2020 (Thu)  - 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register


Benalla Rural City Council

3 September 2020 (Thu) - 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register


Campaspe Shire Council

10 August 2020 (Mon) - 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register


Cardinia Shire Council

1 September 2020 (Tue) - 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register
25 August 2020 (Tue) - 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register


Central Goldfields Shire Council

26 August 2020 (Wed) - 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register


Colac Otway Shire Council

4 August 2020 (Tue) 5:00pm – 7:00pm - Register


Corangamite Shire Council

18 August 2020 (Tue) 7:00pm – 9:00pm - Register


Darebin City Council

18 August 2020 (Tue) 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register


Gannawarra Shire Council

4 August 2020 (Tue) 7:00pm – 9:00pm - Register


Glen Eira City Council

6 August 2020 (Thu) 7:00pm – 9:00pm - Register
17 August  2020 (Mon) 7:00pm – 9:00pm - Register


Glenelg Shire Council

17 August 2020 (Mon) 2:00pm – 4:00pm - Register


Golden Plains Shire Council

11 August 2020 (Tue) - 10:00am – 12:00pm - Register


Greater Dandenong City Council

5 August 2020 (Wed) 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register


Greater Geelong City Council

10 August 2020 (Mon) 6:30pm – 8:30pm - Register


Greater Shepparton City Council

3 August 2020 (Mon) 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register


Hepburn Shire Council

27 August 2020 (Thu) 6:30pm - 8:30pm - Register


Hobsons Bay City Council

19 August 2020 (Wed) 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register


Hume City Council

25 August 2020 (Tue) 6:30pm – 8:30pm - Register


Indigo Shire Council

20 August 2020 (Thu) 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register


Kingston City Council

26 August 2020 (Wed) 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register


Loddon Shire Council

4 August 2020 (Tue) 2:00pm – 4:00pm - Register
18 August 2020 (Tue) 7:00pm – 9:00pm - Register


Macedon Ranges Shire Council

7 August 2020  (Fri) 1:00pm – 3:00pm - Register


Maribyrnong City Council

7 September 2020 (Mon) 6:00pm – 8:00pm


Maroondah City Council

2 September 2020 (Wed) 7:00pm – 9:00pm - Register


Melton City Council

2 September 2020 (Wed) 7:00pm – 9:00pm - Register


Mildura Rural City Council

31 August 2020 (Mon) 2:00pm – 4:00pm - Register


Mitchell Shire Council

19 August 2020 (Wed) 7:00pm – 9:00pm - Register


Moreland City Council

5 August 2020 (Wed) 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register
6 August 2020 (Thu) 10:00am – 12:00pm - Register


Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

9 September 2020 (Wed) 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register


Moyne Shire Council

19 August 2020 (Wed) 4:00pm – 6:00pm - Register


Port Phillip City Council

21 August 2020 (Fri) 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register


Southern Grampians Shire Council

7 September 2020 (Mon) 5:30pm – 7:30pm - Register
10 September 2020 (Thu) 7:00pm – 9:00pm - Register


Stonnington City Council

13 August 2020 (Thu) 7:00pm – 9:00pm - Register


Surf Coast Shire Council

13 August 2020 (Thu) 3:00pm – 5:00pm - Register


Swan Hill Rural City Council

19 August 2020 (Wed) 10:00am – 12:00pm - Register


Towong Shire Council

26 August 2020 (Wed) 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register


Wangaratta Rural City Council

3 August 2020 (Mon) 5:30pm – 7:30pm - Register


Warrnambool City Council

26 August 2020 (Wed) 5:45pm – 7:45pm - Register
27 August 2020 (Thu) 5:45pm – 7:45pm - Register


Wellington Shire Council

24 August 2020 (Mon) 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register
25 August 2020 (Tue) 3:00pm – 5:00pm - Register


Wodonga City Council

3 August 2020 (Mon) 7:00pm – 9:00pm - Register
31 August (Mon) 7:00pm – 9:00pm - Register


Wyndham City Council

14 September 2020 (Mon) 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Register


Yarra City Council

20 August 2020 (Thu) 5:00pm – 7:00pm - Register
25 August 2020 (Tue) 5:00pm – 7:00pm - Register

“Alone you can’t achieve anything but together you can achieve so much.”

Peter Stephenson GAICD, former mayor and councillor at City of Darebin.