Candidate forms and handbooks

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

Handbooks are available almost three months before scheduled election events, such as State elections.

For unscheduled election events, such as by-elections, handbooks are produced as soon as possible. Browse previous election handbooks


Candidates are able to pre-fill their nominations before an election using our Candidate Helper portal. The portal is made available in the weeks prior to the opening of nominations for election events.


The scrutineer's role is to observe the issuing of ballot papers and the counting of votes on behalf of a candidate.

Scrutineers are strongly encouraged to read the following handbook:

Previous election handbooks

Please note that all of the handbooks below were current in terms of legislation at the time of the election, but may not reflect any changes to legislation since then. They are provided for information purposes only.

The following handbooks were available for prospective candidates in the 2018 Victorian State election.