Nominating for council

Nominations open on the day the voters' roll is certified and available. Nominations close at 12 noon, 32 days before election day.

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're 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 nomination fee and complete a nomination form which includes:

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

The nomination fee is $250 for positions in all councils, including the City of Melbourne.

The fee will be returned to you if you're successfully elected to council or you 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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