Tuesday 24 August 2021
For immediate release
Nominations to stand as a candidate for the South Gippsland Shire Council general election open on Thursday 16 September. The election will be held entirely by post.
‘If you would like to represent your community, I encourage you to nominate as a candidate for this election,’ Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately said.
‘The eligibility requirements for candidates have recently changed. If you are thinking about standing for election, make sure to confirm your eligibility and complete the mandatory online candidate training before lodging your nomination. This includes candidates who have previously been a councillor.’Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, the Victorian Electoral Commission’s recorded candidate information session will be available from 9 am on Monday 6 September. An online candidate information session will also be conducted by webinar at 6 pm on Wednesday 8 September.
Candidates must make an appointment during business hours with the election manager to lodge their nomination forms and pay their $250 nomination fee. They must have completed the online candidate training, as this is required by law and will be shown on each candidate’s nomination form.
Candidates may make a nomination appointment with the election manager by calling 1300 202 885 from Wednesday 15 September. Candidates can also pre-fill a nomination form using the online Candidate Helper, available from Thursday 2 September.
Nominations must be lodged by 12 noon on Tuesday 21 September. Late nominations cannot be accepted. It is an offence for a person to nominate as a candidate if they are not qualified to become a councillor.
New requirements for candidates under the Local Government Act 2020
The Local Government Act 2020 was passed by the Victorian Parliament in March 2020 and includes new requirements for candidates that are in effect at these local government elections.
Under the Local Government Act 2020, a candidate must:
- be an Australian citizen (or eligible British subject) and enrolled on the voters’ roll for the South Gippsland Shire Council general election
- be qualified to become a councillor should they be elected
- have completed the mandatory online local government candidate training before lodging their nomination with the election manager.
The Local Government Act 2020 requires candidates to complete the mandatory online local government candidate training before nominating.
All candidates must complete the online training – even if they are currently or have been a councillor.
Information on the mandatory online local government candidate training is available from Local Government Victoria.
Further information is available on the Candidate forms and handbooks page, where prospective candidates can download a copy of the Candidate handbook to familiarise themselves with the key requirements and responsibilities of nominating. The necessary forms will also be available for downloading.
Elected candidates will represent their community on the council until the next general election in 2024.
Ballot draw and candidate information
The final list of candidates in ballot paper order for each ward, will be available on the VEC website on the afternoon of Tuesday 21 September following the ballot draws. Where lodged, candidates’ personal statements, photographs and answers to the optional candidate questionnaire will be published on the VEC website from Monday 27 September.