Candidate Training and Information

Local Government Victoria and the Victorian Electorate Commission require people to meet certain eligibility criteria in order to become a council election candidate. This includes undertaking a mandatory candidate training session provided by the Victorian Government.

There are also a number of optional training opportunities to help candidates better prepare for the election campaign process.   

Mandatory Candidate Training

The Victorian Government is providing training for members of the Victorian community who wish to nominate as a candidate in the council elections.

The training will help you understand the role and responsibilities of being a councillor.

You will not be able to nominate as a candidate unless you have completed the training. This is a new requirement, introduced in the Local Government Act 2020.

Click here to register for the mandatory candidate training.

For more information download this fact sheet(PDF, 855KB) or visit the Local Government Victoria website.

In addition to the mandatory candidate training, there are a variety of optional information sessions and training opportunities for candidates.

Baw Baw Pre-Election Candidate Sessions

Baw Baw Shire Council will be hosting a series of in person and online workshops as part of a Pre-Election Candidate Development Program. The program will be delivered by the Victorian Local Governance Association. 

Through the sessions, Council aims to prepare community members to stand as candidates in the upcoming election.   

The Candidate Development Program will equip participants with the information, tools and knowledge they need when considering the role of a councillor and highlight the importance of this role in Council’s delivery of positive outcomes for their community through high performance leadership and effective governance. 

All sessions are free however bookings are essential. The session schedule and booking link can be found below.

Click here to book your sessions


Wednesday 26 June - Becoming a Councillor

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.  

Time: 6-8pm 

Venue: Online  


Monday 1 July - Life as a Woman Councillor

In this session, candidates 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.  

Time: 12-2pm 

Venue: Fountain Room at West Gippsland Arts Centre 


Thursday 4 July - Life as a Woman Councillor

In this session, candidates 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.

Time: 6-8pm 

Venue: Online 


Monday 15 July - Becoming a Councillor and Election Campaign Essentials

This four hour workshop includes an introductory module that 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. Candidates will then be introduced to the importance of recognising and representing the diverse people, views and needs within the community. The module explores effective campaign techniques, canvassing, as well as developing and using communications and social media to reach community members. 

Time: 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm  

Venue: Fountain Room at West Gippsland Arts Centre 

MAV - Stand for Council

To help prepare prospective candidates for the upcoming election, the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) is organising 15 hybrid (in-person & online) Community and Candidate Information Sessions across Victoria.

The Gippsland sessions are being hosted by South Gippsland, East Gippsland Shire, and Latrobe City Councils.

Baw Baw Shire Council will have information stands at both the South Gippsland and Latrobe sessions, and CEO Mark Dupe will be part of the panel discussion at each of these events.

Details for each event can be found below. 

Click here to register for an event


East Gippsland Session, 24 July 2024

  • Host: East Gippsland Shire Council 
  • Location: Forge Theatre & Arts Hub, 80 McKean St, Bairnsdale VIC 3875 
  • Check-In: 6:00-6:30pm 
  • Session Time: 6:30-8:30pm 

South Gippsland Session, 25 July

  • Host: South Gippsland Shire Council 
  • Location: Leongatha Memorial Hall 6-8 McCartin St, Leongatha VIC 3953 
  • Check-In: 6:00-6:30pm 
  • Session Time: 6:30-8:30pm 

Latrobe Session, 12 August 2024

  • Host: Latrobe City Council 
  • Kernot Hall, 50-70 Princes Dr Morwell VIC 3840 
  • Check-In: 6:00-6:30pm 
  • Session Time: 6:30-8:30pm 

The MAV will plan and deliver additional information sessions for target groups, aimed at increasing representation from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), disability, youth and LGBTIQA+ communities.

Bookings will close a few days before the events. No on the day in person registrations will be accepted.

Registration issues or questions can be sent to standforcouncil@mav.asn.au

Additional Resources

In addition to the mandatory training and the optional information session detailed above, all prospective candidates are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the information available at the websites below to ensure their eligibility:

Specific queries relating to elections may need to be directed to the Victorian Electoral Commission, the below links may be helpful to prospective candidates: 

The Victorian Electoral Commission is in the process of updating its resources for the 2024 elections, but the 2020 candidate handbook remains a one-stop shop for useful candidate information, to download the handbook, visit the VEC website.

Baw Baw Shire Council is divided into three wards, each ward represented by three Councillors.

The ward boundaries were recently reviewed by the VEC and updated by the Minister for Local Government. Click here to read about the review and view the updated ward map.