Find out more about how to become a candidate at a general election or by-election.
Democracy is only possible if people are prepared to put themselves forward for a chance to represent their community.
Voters and political parties can nominate candidates to contest the general election.
At a general election, there are two types of candidates:
- Electorate candidates who stand for election in electorates, and
- List candidates on party lists who may be elected through the party vote.
A $300 deposit must be paid with an electorate candidate nomination.
A $1,000 deposit must be paid for the nomination of a party's list of candidates.
At a by-election only electorate candidates are able to stand.
There are strict deadlines for nominations.