Becoming a State election candidate Read this page in Easy English

You can nominate as a State election 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 a prison 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 are employed in the Victorian or Commonwealth Public Service, you are eligible to stand for election but will not be eligible to take office without first resigning from your previous position.

Further information is contained in the Constitution Act 1975 (external link).

Candidate handbooks

The VEC produces Candidate Handbooks to assist candidates with the nomination process.

View 2018 State election handbooks

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) and 50 for the Legislative Assembly (Region).

Can candidates 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.

Are candidates entitled to public funding?

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

To be eligible for funding, candidates must be elected or receive at least 4% of first preference votes.

The entitlement for the November 2018 State election is $1.75 for each first preference vote.

As a result of changes to the Electoral Act 2002, eligible candidates may elect to receive quarterly advance payments for the 2022 State election.

For more information see Public funding

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