Information for Candidates

The Victorian Electoral Commission website and the State Government Local Government Victoria website and this website will be progressively updated in the lead up to the 2024 election.

Candidate Information Sessions

Colac Otway Shire Council will be hosting Candidate Information Sessions in Colac and online on Monday 15 July 2024.

This free session will be delivered by independent facilitator Jenny O'Connor.

Registrations for this session are now closed.

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) will be holding many information sessions across the State and the metropolitan area for prospective candidates. 

On Wednesday 28 August, the City of Greater Geelong will be hosting a MAV information session.

Visit Stand for Council for more information and to register for a session.

Below are a number of third-party resources which may be of assistance.

Colac Otway Shire Council is committed to encouraging diversity in people nominating for and being elected to Council.

A handbook for culturally diverse Victorians considering running for local government

Local Government Candidate Training

(The following information was provided to Colac Otway Shire Council from Local Government Victoria).

All candidates in any council election in Victoria are required to complete the online Local Government Candidate Training. 

All candidates must also declare to the Victorian Electoral Committee (VEC) when they have completed the training in order to nominate.

The online Candidate Training is available to complete now on the Local Government Victoria website and takes around one hour to complete.

The candidate training – introduced in the Local Government Act 2020 – has been updated by Local Government Victoria to better equip and prepare candidates who are prospective first-term councillors. The training will help candidates understand the role of a councillor and what it requires before nominating. The training also serves as a refresher for more experienced councillors.

Candidate nominations for council elections will open on Monday 9 September and close at midday on Tuesday 17 September 2024 – so it’s a good idea for candidates to complete the training before nominations open.

It is not mandatory for those who have completed Candidate Training in the past two years to complete the training, however, Local Government Victoria strongly recommends that all candidates enrol for the updated training. This will refresh their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of councils and councillors, as well as the standards they are expected to uphold if elected.

Participants who complete the training will receive a certificate of completion. 

The updated training includes information on:

  • eligibility requirements for candidates
  • the role of a council
  • the role of a councillor, including greater emphasis on the strategic nature of the role and the time commitment required
  • how councils make decisions
  • updated information on governance and integrity requirements including personal interest, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, and conduct expected of councillors
  • support available to help incoming councillors perform their role.

These topics will help ensure that candidates have a better understanding of the role of a councillor prior to standing.

The updated training complements the reforms introduced in the Local Government Amendment (Governance and Integrity) Act 2024 that will introduce a requirement for all councillors to complete professional development training as well as specific training for mayors and deputy mayors.

For more information on the Local Government Candidate Training visit