Stand for Council

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Do you want to make a difference in your community? Why not stand for council?

On this page, you'll learn about the nomination process, information sessions for prospective candidates, and understand what it means to be a councillor.

Council election process and timeline

This year’s council elections are an opportunity for Victorians to elect the candidates who they think best represent, at the local level, their vision and interests for a better, stronger and more sustainable future. The decisions of councils affect the lives of everyone in our community. Becoming a councillor is a great hands-on way to serve your community and positively influence future directions and outcomes for your Shire.

  • Nomination Opening Date: Thursday, September 19, 2024
  • Nomination Closing Date: 12pm on Tuesday, September 24, 2024

Why Stand for Council

Councillors are responsible for setting policy and providing vision and strategic direction. Standing for election provides a great opportunity to influence the future direction of the local community and help those who require support.

Information Sessions

Attend these Information Sessions to get detailed insights about the role of a councillor and the election process.

Municipal Association Victoria (MAV)

When: Monday 22 July: Goulburn Ovens Murray

Host: Wodonga Council

In partnership with local councils, MAV is delivering a number of information sessions for the community and prospective candidates. These sessions can be attended either in-person or online. By attending one of these sessions, participants will be provided with information about:

  • Local government and the important role councils play for our local communities
  • The role and responsibility of a Councillor, Mayor, Deputy Mayor and CEO
  • The election process and candidate requirements
  • What newly elected councillors can expect soon after the elections
  • Councillor training and development opportunities.

Register to attend

The Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA)

The Victorian Local Governance Association is an independent organisation committed to supporting councils and councillors in good governance. Indigo Shire Council has partnered with the VLGA to conduct two further online information sessions.

Session 1: Wednesday 17 July 6pm - 8pm: Becoming a Councillor

Host: Indigo Shire Council (Zoom presenter)

This introductory module covers all the foundations of becoming a councillor. Candidates will learn about their legal and regulatory obligations, participatory decision-making, the importance of Codes of Conduct and essential community leadership skills that promote and model good governance.

Session 2: Wednesday 14 August 6pm - 8pm: Life as a Woman Councillor

Host: Indigo Shire Council (Zoom presenter) 

In this session, women candidates in your region will be provided with an opportunity to hear from previous women councillors about their experiences representing local community. From standing for office, to getting elected and serving as a councillor, the unique experiences of women will be shared in an informal and relaxed environment promoting discussion and sharing of ideas.

Please email info@indigoshire.vic.gov.au to register your attendance.

Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)

The Victorian Electoral Commission will conduct a candidate information sessions prior to the call for nominations. Further information will be available closer to the election.