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VEC calls for candidates for the upcoming election

Voting Published Wednesday, 25th August 2021

Nominations to stand as a candidate for the South Gippsland Shire Council general election open on Thursday 16 September. The election will be held entirely by post.

‘If you would like to represent your community, I encourage you to nominate as a candidate for 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 have previously been a councillor.’

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, the Victorian Electoral Commission’s recorded candidate information session will be available on the VEC website,, from 9 am on Monday 6 September. An online candidate information session will also be conducted by webinar at 6 pm on Wednesday 8 September.

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 202 885 from Wednesday 15 September. Candidates can also pre-fill a nomination form using the online Candidate Helper at, available from Thursday 2 September.

Nominations must be lodged by 12 noon on Tuesday 21 September. 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, and candidate information kits can be requested from the election manager.