Meet our champions!

These 8 candidates have worked with us to create I Can Vote.

These candidates belong to different parties and there are colours to let you know which candidate belongs to which party. Candidates are sometimes called politicians.

From October, this page will be different. You will be able to search for your electorate and watch videos from some of your local candidates.

Danielle Green

Party: Australian Labor Party

David Southwick

Party: Liberal Party

Fiona Patten

Party: Reason Victoria

Gabrielle Williams

Party: Australian Labor Party

Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins

Party: Independent

Sam Hibbins

Party: Victorian Greens

Suzanna Sheed

Party: Independent

Tim Bull

Party: The Nationals

The views expressed in the videos on this page are the views of the political candidates and not the views of Inclusion Designlab or the Victorian Electoral Commission. While the easy language scripts were edited in collaboration with Inclusion Designlab project officers, final approval of easy language content was granted by the political candidates.

People and political parties

Political candidates usually belong to groups. These are called political parties. A political party is a group of people who join together because they have similar ideas about things. A political party can have ideas about how to run the whole country or the state. Other political parties have ideas about one thing that they think is important.

It is important to know what each political party thinks. This can help you decide whether you want to join a political party or vote for them at an election. We all have unique and different lives. This means that we have different needs and we want different things from our government. This is why people choose to vote for different parties.

Not every candidate in an election needs to be a member of a political party. A candidate can be someone with their own ideas about things. These people are called independent candidates or independents.

The political party who has the most members of parliament after a State or Federal Election becomes the Government.

Top Tip!

When there is an election, most political parties send people information about what they will do if they win the election. This information tells us what the party thinks about money, health, education, and even about different types of people. We call these different ideas policies.

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