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Call for Council election candidates

News Article Date: 
Monday, 24 August 2020

Nominations to stand as a candidate for the Warrnambool City Council election open on Thursday September 17.

The election will be held entirely by post. "If you would like to represent your community, I encourage you to nominate as a candidate 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 are currently or have previously been a councillor.’ Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Victorian Electoral Commission’s recorded candidate information session will be able to be streamed online from Thursday September 3 and will be complemented by state-wide interactive candidate seminars based on the information session video.

To watch the information session and find out how to join an online interactive seminar, candidates can visit the VEC website at

The Candidate Handbook is also available on the VEC website.

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 141 492 from Wednesday, September 16.

Candidates can also pre-fill a nomination form using the online Candidate Helper at, available from Thursday, September 3.

Nominations must be lodged by midday on Tuesday, September 22. 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.

More information on nominating as a candidate is available at

Candidate Information Kits can be requested from the Election Manager.


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