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

Council postal by-election forms and handbooks

These handbooks cover the Hepburn Shire Council and Swan Hill Rural City Council by-elections (March 2019):

Council attendance by-election forms and handbooks

These handbooks cover the Knox City Council by-election (March 2019):


You will be able to complete your nomination form online via the Candidate Helper before printing and lodging it in person with the Returning Officer. For more information please contact the VEC.


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

Scrutineer handbook – postal by-elections

Scrutineer handbook – attendance by-elections

Appointment form

Scrutineers are engaged by a candidate and their appointment must be made in writing by completing the following form:

Scrutineers are strongly encouraged to read the Scrutineer’s 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.