How to nominate

The nomination process differs for independent candidates and candidates endorsed by a registered political party.

Independent candidate nominations

  • Step 1: Check your eligibility

    To be a candidate for a State election you must be correctly enrolled in Victoria. You do not need to live in the district or region in which you are nominating.

    You cannot nominate if you:

    • are not enrolled
    • are a judge of a court of Victoria
    • have been convicted or found guilty of an indictable offence with a prison term of 5 years or more, in a court in Victoria, Australia or any other part of the British Commonwealth
    • 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 should consult your organisation's policies about standing for election and campaigning while in your role. For example, some organisations may require you to take leave of absence from your position.

    If you have dual citizenship, you are eligible to nominate for a State election. If you're not sure if you're eligible to nominate, seek independent legal advice.

    You can only nominate in one district or one region. If you nominate as a candidate in more than one district and/or region, all nominations become void.

  • Step 2: Complete your nomination form

    The quickest way to complete your nomination form is online through our Candidate Helper portal. It guides you through the process and saves you time at the election office when you’re finalising your nomination.

    Candidate Helper will be available on this site from Wednesday 19 October.

    A hard copy nomination form will also be included in the district and region candidate kits. You can download your copy of the candidate kit from this website in early October or pick up a hard copy from an election office from Wednesday 2 November.

    You can contact the election manager if you need assistance with your nomination form. Contact details will be available on this website from Wednesday 2 November.

  • Step 3: Get support for your nomination (your nominators)

    If you're standing for the Legislative Assembly (Lower House), you need at least 6 people to support your nomination. These people are your nominators.

    They must be enrolled to vote in the district that you're nominating in.

    If you're standing for the Legislative Council (Upper House), you need at least 50 people to support your nomination. These people are your nominators. They must be enrolled to vote in the region that you're nominating in.

    You can record the details of your nominators when you're filling out your nomination form, and we'll check them against the roll when you submit your nomination.

    Collect their:

    • full name as it appears on the roll
    • signature
    • enrolled address
    • date of birth.

    You should aim to collect the details of more nominators than you need in case we can't find one or more on the roll.

  • Step 4: Organise your deposit

    Your nomination must be accompanied by a deposit of $350.

    Your deposit must be either cash or a bank cheque made payable to 'Victorian Electoral Commission'.

    We cannot accept personal cheques, credit or debit card payments, or money orders.

  • Step 5: Lodge your nomination

    Nominations open on Wednesday 2 November. To lodge your nomination, you'll need to make an appointment at an election office in the district or region that you're nominating in.

    Make sure you bring your completed nomination form (including details of your nominators), together with your deposit, to your appointment. Please don’t leave your appointment until the last minute.

    If you’ve used Candidate Helper to complete your nomination form, your form will print with a barcode which the election manager can scan to speed up the processing time.

    Election office locations, opening hours and contact details will be available in the Candidate Helper.

    If you are unable to lodge your nomination in person because you're isolating or have COVID-19, you can authorise a trusted person to represent you and lodge your nomination on your behalf.

    Your representative must provide a signed declaration to prove they are authorised to represent you.

Registered political party candidate nominations

If you're a candidate endorsed by a registered political party, your party will lodge your nomination on your behalf.

We will provide all registered political parties with a detailed guide on the bulk nomination process for endorsed candidates.

Applications to register a political party for the 2022 State election closed on Friday 29 July. We cannot accept late applications.

Candidate resources

To help you get prepared, read the 2022 State election candidate handbook and scrutineer handbook.

The candidate kit, which includes nomination forms, will be available online in early October. You can also pick up hard copies at an election office from Wednesday 2 November.