Become a State election candidate

Who can be a candidate?

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

But 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 five years' jail or more, under Victorian or any Commonwealth nation's law
  • are an undischarged bankrupt
  • are a member of either House of the Commonwealth Parliament.

You can stand for election, but can't take office without resigning first if you are:

  • a local government councillor
  • a Victorian Public Service employee
  • an Australian Public Service employee.

You can find more information in the Constitution Act 1975.

Do candidates need to live in the electorate?

To nominate, you do not need to live in the district (Lower House) or region (Upper House) for which you are standing.

However, if you are an independent candidate, you must be nominated by people who are enrolled at an address within that district or region.

How many people need to support the nomination?

If you are a Registered Political Party candidate, your nomination will be lodged by the Registered Officer of the party.

If you are not a Registered Political Party candidate, you need to be nominated by:

  • 6 people if you are standing for the Lower House (district)
  • 50 people if you are standing for the Upper House (region).

The people who support your nomination must be correctly enrolled at an address within that district or region. 

You must lodge your nomination with the election manager for the district or region in which you are standing. 

Can candidates have a copy of the roll?

On request, candidates can receive a free electronic copy of the roll for the election they are contesting. This will allow you to:

  • look up names
  • mail-merge letters.

We do not give candidates:

  • email addresses
  • phone numbers
  • details of silent electors.

You must declare that you will only use roll data for campaigning. You must also destroy or return copies of the roll after the result of the election is declared.

Do candidates get public funding?

You can receive a dollar amount for every first preference vote you get if you:

  • are elected
  • receive at least 4% of first preference votes.

Read more about public funding

Political donations

There are rules for political donations in Victoria, including:

  • who can make a political donation
  • the maximum value of political donations
  • disclosure of political donations made and received.

Read more about political donations

Candidate handbooks

You can find more details on the nomination process in our candidate handbooks.

The ballot draw

The position of each candidate on the ballot paper is determined by a computerised random draw after nominations close.

Regular ballot papers, such as those for the State Lower House, use a single random draw.

Ballot papers that user above or below the line voting, such as those for the Upper House, are randomly drawn in three phases:

  • the order of the parties and groups above the line
  • the order of the candidates for each party and group (unless they have been already specified)
  • the order of the independent (ungrouped) candidates.

The computerised draw software has been independently audited and certified, determining that the draw is completely random. View the software component that generates the random order for the ballot.