Candidate Training & Development

October 2020 Local Government Elections

Throughout the VLGA’s 25 years, we have worked to support communities and councils in good governance over many election cycles.

It is crucial that candidates start early in their preparation for local government elections. By providing quality information, resources and education on the business of local government and candidate development, the VLGA can assist councils in attracting and supporting high calibre candidates that reflect the communities they serve.

The VEC provides candidate information sessions in each municipality ahead of local government elections, however these information sessions are unlikely to be held before September 2020.

The VEC sessions provide information on the logistics of local government elections and the responsibilities of candidates, the VLGA’s sessions take a holistic approach to building community leadership capacity and informing community on the business of local government.

Key components

General information sessions
Short session to outline key dates, timelines, eligibility and links to key resources.

Local Government 101 - fundamentals
A comprehensive overview of the business of local government, the roles of councils and councillors, and the electoral system.

Candidate development
Interactive workshops on key considerations for candidates, including developing policy platforms, connecting with community and key skills and campaigning techniques.

To find out how the VLGA can provide these services for your community:

Contact Bo Li, Senior Policy Advisor - or 9349 7999.

Click here for the VLGA's pre-candidate training prospectus.

Click here to view the VLGA's upcoming gender-specific (women's) pre-candidate training.