Coronavirus update 13 March 2020

COVID-19 restrictions: what's closed and what's open.

Some of our services may be closed or have different hours for the public holiday on Friday 23 October.

If you are considering running as a candidate in the 2020 Boroondara City Council election, we have compiled some advice and resources for you. 

Mandatory candidate training 

Before nominating in the 2020 local council election, candidates must complete the online mandatory training course provided by Local Government Victoria.

Every candidate must complete the training before nominating, even if you have been a councillor before or are currently a councillor.

The mandatory training course is a new requirement under the Local Government Act 2020. 

The training covers essential information about the role and responsibilities of being a councillor, and should take about 1 hour to complete.

For more information and to register for the training, visit the Local Government Victoria website

If you need help accessing the training, please contact Council on 9278 4471

Information from the Victorian Electoral Commission

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) provides a comprehensive candidate handbook which describes the election process and timelines.  

To prepare, prospective candidates can:

  • watch the VEC candidate information session online from Thursday 3 September at
  • attend a state-wide interactive candidate seminar –held online at as follows:
    • 7pm Wednesday 9 September
    • 1 pm Sunday 13 September
    • 5 pm Tuesday 15 September

Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to watch the online information session at No local in-person candidate information sessions will be held because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The VEC has more information on becoming a council election candidate

Nominate to stand as a candidate

Nominations to stand as a candidate in the 2020 local council elections open on Thursday 17 September.

Nominations must be lodged with the Election Manager during the short nomination period, so prospective candidates should act quickly to make sure they are prepared.

Prospective candidates must make an appointment during business hours with the Election Manager to lodge their nomination form and pay their $250 nomination fee by 12 noon Tuesday 22 September.

The election office will be open for nominations during business hours from Thursday 17 September until 12 noon Tuesday 22 September.

The election office will open on Wednesday 16 September 2020. The election office will be located on the Ground Floor, Building C1, 192 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, VIC 3122.

Further information on nominating as a candidate is available at

Safe campaigning

Local Government Victoria has prepared guidelines to help candidates understand how to comply with the directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer to stay safe while campaigning.

This includes advice on permitted campaign activities, safety for campaign teams, basic hygiene and physical distancing.

Local Government Victoria will continually update the guidelines with the latest directions and restrictions. It is recommended candidates check the guidelines regularly throughout campaigning. 

Boroondara City Council election candidate kit

Our 2020 election candidate kit includes a profile of the municipality, details about our key documents and other information for prospective candidates.

This kit is different to the candidate kit provided by the VEC.

Download Boroondara City Council candidate kit

Election Period Policy

The election period commences at midday on Tuesday 22 September 2020 and finishes at 6pm on election day Saturday 24 October 2020.

Council's Election Period Policy ensures the Boroondara City Council general election, and subsequent elections, are conducted in a manner that is ethical, fair and equitable and are publicly perceived as such. The policy is included within the Governance Rules.

Download the Governance Rules (including election period policy)

Advertising signage during the election period

The Election Period Policy specifies that candidates and their supporters are not permitted to affix, attach or place advertising signs on council-controlled land or a council road during election campaigns including during the election period.  

Under our Amenity Local Law 2019-2029 a breach in regard to advertising signs being affixed, attached or placed on council-controlled land or a council road may result in an infringement penalty notice being issued.

More information

Visit the Vic Councils website for additional information on standing for council, such as:

  • How to stand for council
  • Council’s role
  • How to get elected
  • Being a councillor

Other links which may be of interest:

For detailed and up to date information about how to enrol, vote, become a candidate, and more, visit Boroondara City Council election on the VEC website, or call the VEC on 131 832.

If you have any questions please contact Council on 9278 4444 or at [email protected].

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