Becoming a State election candidate Read this page in Easy English

The State election will be held on Saturday 24 November 2018. Nominations open on Wednesday 31 October.

This page contains general information about becoming a candidate. Detailed information is available in Candidate forms and handbooks

Key dates for candidates at the 2018 Victorian State election

Wednesday 31 OctoberNominations open
Thursday 8 November (12 noon)

Registered Political Party nominations close

Final date for lodgement of candidate groupings

Friday 9 November (12 noon)Independent candidate nominations close
Sunday 11 November (12 noon)Final date for lodgement of group voting tickets
Monday 12 NovemberRegistration of how-to-vote cards opens
Friday 16 November (12 noon )Registration of how-to-vote cards closes

Can I be a candidate at the State election?

You can nominate as a candidate if you are correctly enrolled to vote in Victoria.

You cannot nominate if you:

  • are not correctly enrolled
  • are a judge of a court of Victoria
  • have been convicted or found guilty of an offence punishable by prison for a term of five years or more, under the law of Victoria or any Commonwealth nation
  • are an undischarged bankrupt or
  • are a member of either House of the Commonwealth Parliament.

If you are a municipal councillor, or work for the Victorian or Australian Public Service, you can stand for election. If you are elected, you cannot take office without first resigning from your position.

For more information read the Constitution Act 1975 (external link).

How do I nominate?

Nominations open on Wednesday 31 October and close at 12 noon on Thursday 8 November for Registered Political Parties and at 12 noon on Friday 9 November for independent candidates.

Our online Candidate Helper will be available in October to assist independent candidates with nominations.

Registered political parties will nominate candidates directly with the VEC.

Detailed information on the nomination process will be available in our Candidate forms and handbooks from late August.

It is important that you read the handbook as legislation has recently changed.

How much does it cost?

Each candidate nomination must be accompanied by a deposit of $350. The deposit must be paid in cash or by banker's cheque, credit union or building society cheque. A personal cheque is not acceptable.

The deposit will be returned if the candidate:

  • is elected
  • receives at least four percent of the first preference votes in the electorate
  • retires before the close of nominations
  • dies before 6:00 pm on election day or is successful but dies before being declared elected or
  • if the election fails.

All other candidates will forfeit their deposits.

Do I need to live in the electorate?

Candidates do not need to live in the district for which they are standing. However, for independent candidates, the people who nominate the candidate must be enrolled in that district. Six nominators are required for the Legislative Assembly (district).

It is recommended that additional nominator names are provided in case some are not on the electoral roll.

Can I have a copy of the electoral roll?

Candidates, on request, will be provided with an electronic copy of the roll for the election they are contesting, free of charge. This file can be printed if required and will be in a format suitable for looking up names and mail-merging letters.

Each candidate must personally sign an electoral roll confidentiality agreement to ensure that the data is used solely for campaign purposes in relation to the election.

All copies of the roll that are provided to candidates must be destroyed or returned after the declaration of the result for that election.

Can I distribute how-to-vote cards?

There are strict rules about the distribution of electoral matter (including how-to-vote cards) at a State election.

Please see how-to-vote cards for information on registering and distributing this material.

Am I entitled to public funding?

Eligible candidates at State elections receive a dollar amount per first preference vote.

The entitlement amount is indexed every six months. As at November 2017, the amount was $1.73 for each first preference vote.

To be eligible for funding, a candidate must receive at least 4% of the total number of first-preference votes for their election, or become elected. Registered political parties receive funding for their endorsed candidates. Candidates not endorsed by a registered political party receive funding directly or via a nominated agent.

Parties and candidates must provide the VEC with an audited statement about their election expenditure prior to receiving payment.

Disclosure of political donations

From Sunday 25 November 2018, State election candidates will have to disclose donations they receive of $1,000 or more.

For more information visit Funding and disclosure