Become a candidate

Councillors work together to set Council’s strategic direction and to make important decisions regarding our City.

Are you considering becoming a candidate?

Prospective candidates are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the key requirements and responsibilities of nominating for council elections. Please visit the VEC website or call 131 832.

Information sessions for prospective candidates

Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) information sessions

Stand for Council

To support potential candidates, City of Port Phillip, in partnership with the MAV, is hosting regional-based information sessions to provide answers to frequently asked questions, conversations with Council CEO’s and to help potential candidates understand what the work of a Councillor looks like day to day.    

Date and time: Wednesday 31 July, 6 pm to 9 pm 
Location: Online and in-person, St Kilda Town Hall auditorium 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda

For more information and to register, visit the MAV's Community and Candidate Information Sessions

The MAV will also be providing a Citizen to Councillor Guide 2024 – a guide for prospective candidates to further understand the roles and responsibilities of a councillor and the importance of this elected position.   

The MAV is also hosting a range of other Stand for Council events, including sessions targeted at women, youth and First Nations peoples. Prospective candidates can attend any of the information sessions and registrations are required. For more information, please visit the MAV website: Stand for Council | MAV website 

Women X Stand for Council — Candidate Information Session 

The MAV is hosting a women-focussed information session in partnership with Kingston City Council. Hear from former councillors Bernadene Voss (City of Port Phillip, 2014–2020), Tamara Barth (City of Kingston 2012–2020) and Cr Claudia Nguyen (councillor at City of Yarra, not standing at the 2024 election) about their experiences of being a councillor. You will also hear from the Australian Women in Local Government Association (ALGWA) who will outline the program of events, support and mentoring they provide to female councillors and other programs that support women such as Pathways to Politics and Women for Election

Date and time: Wednesday 26 June, 6.30pm–8.30pm 
Location: Online and in-person, 1230 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham

For more information and to register, visit the MAV's Women X Stand for Council Candidate Information Session.


Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) information sessions

The VLGA is running a program of events in the lead up to the 2024 local government elections to support those running for council.

Standing for Council

Deciding whether or not to stand for council can be a daunting decision. As part of VLGA's commitment to encouraging a diverse range of candidates for the 2024 elections, this free seminar will give you an insight into the role of local government and what you can expect if elected. 

In this session you will gain an overview of what it means to stand for local government including how local councils work, the responsibilities of councillors and key issues to consider when standing for council.

Date and time: Friday 17 May from 12 midday to 1.30 pm
Online via Zoom

Visit the VLGA website for more information and to register.

Local Women Leading Change  

This information session is a guide to standing for local government for women. In this session, you will find out more about the role of a councillor, how local councils work and how to overcome the barriers to standing for election. 

The Victorian Government has set a target of 50/50 representation in 2025, and to reach that goal, there needs to be a substantial increase in the number of women councillors elected. 

Date and time: Friday 24 May, 12pm–1.30pm 
Location: Online 

For more information and to register, visit the VLGA Local Women Leading Change.

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