Victoria State Election 2022: Date, key seats, candidates, issues and everything you need to know


The Victorian election takes place on Saturday November 26, when Victorians will decide if Daniel Andrews receives a third mandate or if the Coalition takes the reins.
It will be the first time Victorians have had a say in government since the COVID-19[feminine] pandemic, when the state nearly claimed the title of the world’s most locked down city.
It will also be the first time votes have been cast since the Liberals were ousted in the federal election in May, with a new movement of “teal independents” have a significant influence on the outcome in Victoria.
Daniel Andrews and Matthew Guy are vying for the premiership of Victoria for the next term. (New)

Here’s what you need to know before Election Day.

Election day is Saturday, November 26. Voting centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Postal voting will open on Wednesday 2 November.

Victorians must be properly registered to vote by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8. You must register to vote if you are an Australian citizen, are 18 years of age or older and have lived in Victoria for more than a month. You must register within 21 days of becoming eligible to vote. You can register to vote here.

Early voting opens Monday, November 14.

Postal voting will end at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23.

Here are some of the seats that will be in the spotlight this election.

Located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, the seat is currently held by Liberal Party MP Tim Smith, with a margin of just 0.43%.

People cast their votes during early voting for Wentworth's seat at Oxford Street Mall on May 20, 2022 in Sydney, Australia.  Independent Allegra Spender is running for the Wentworth seat against Liberal incumbent Dave Sharma.  The Australian federal election will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2022. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
Election day will be Saturday, November 26. (Getty)

The Liberals shortlisted Jess Wilson, a former adviser to former treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

She will run against Turquoise candidate Sophie Torney, who is a project manager with a computer background, and Labor candidate Lucy Skelton, who is the founder of the youth advocacy platform, the Student Voice Network.

It is the second smallest electorate in the state, sitting in Melbourne’s central east.

Currently held by Labor MP Richard Wynne with a 5.46% margin, the seat has been contested by the Greens for more than a decade.

With Wynne retiring, Labor has shortlisted former staffer Lauren O’Dwyer who will face Greens candidate Gabrielle de Vietri, who is the former mayor of Yarra City Council.

The rural constituency of Ripon is located west of Ballarat and Bendigo and covers the towns of Creswick, Aarat, Maryborough, Avoca and Stawell.

Incumbent MP Louise Staley holds the seat by a very slim margin of 0.02%, having narrowly won the seat by 15 votes in 2018.

She will run against Labor candidate Martha Haylett, who is a former employee of Andrews.

Covering the suburbs of Hawthorn, Hawthorn East, Canterbury, Camberwell and Surrey Hills is held by Labor MP John Kennedy with a margin of 0.42%.

Kennedy upset the last election by defeating Victoria Attorney General John Pesutto in the 2018 election.

Pesutto will be back against Kennedy and independent Melissa Lowe.

In Melbourne’s outer southeast, the Pakenham seat is one of nine new seats created after the electoral commissions redrew constituency boundaries.

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Pakenham was previously contained at Bass while Pakenhamm Upper was at Gembrook.

Located in Victoria’s far North West, the seat is currently held by Independent MP Ali Cupper by a slim margin of 0.34%.

The seat was previously a Nationals stronghold, and the Nationals shortlisted Swan Hill Mayor Jade Benham.

Traditionally a Labor seat, Northcote’s electorate is in Melbourne’s inner north.

The seat is held by Labor MP Kat Theophanous, with a slim margin of 1.71%, and is under threat from the Greens.

Theophanous will face Greens candidate Campbell Gome.

The latest health care performance data in Victoria has revealed explosions in ambulance and hospital wait times.
The latest health care performance data in Victoria has revealed explosions in ambulance and hospital wait times. (9News)

Plans for Victoria’s health system will be a major factor in this election after months of the state struggling through what has repeatedly been called a ‘serious health crisis’.

The cost of living is also expected to be top of mind for voters as prices continue to rise.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, government debt levels and support for small businesses are also expected to be key issues.

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