It's five weeks until Victorians decide who will rule their state for the next four years.
Both major parties are in election mode in anticipation of the November 24 poll, promising new services with large amounts of cash, yet the campaign is set to intensify.
From October 30, the government will move into caretaker mode and for 25 days, until November 24, Victorians will be bombarded with competing policy agendas.
Voters - just over 4 million of them according to the Victorian Electoral Commission - will be asked to weigh up the visions of current premier Daniel Andrews and his alternative, the coalition's Matthew Guy.
For the first time this election, Victorians can register to cast an early vote without having to provide a reason. Early voting commences November 12.
Recent election promises from the Andrews Labor government include $2.3 million for a business plan to build a hospital in Melton, $60 million for rehabilitation services at Bendigo Hospital, bilingual language learning for preschoolers and 1000 new public housing properties worth $209 million.
Meanwhile, the opposition this month has promised $20 million for traffic lights that react to congestion, mandatory prison for family violence offenders, $19 billion for high speed regional rail and $90 million for schools in the Geelong region.
Australian Associated Press