The process and criteria for determining the broadcasting allocation is set out in the Part 6 of the Broadcasting Act 1989.
A party is only eligible to receive an allocation if the party:
- has provided notice to the Commission by the date required that the party considers it will be qualified for an allocation
- is registered on the Register of Political Parties at the time of the dissolution or expiry of Parliament.
The Commission must allocate the funding to eligible parties in accordance with the statutory criteria, which are:
a) the number of persons who voted at the preceding general election for a party and its candidates, and
b) the number of persons who voted at any by-election held since the preceding general election for any candidate for the party, and
c) the number of members of Parliament who were members of that party immediately before the expiration or dissolution of Parliament, and
d) any relationships that exist between a party and any other party, and
e) any other indications of public support for a party such as the results of opinion polls and the number of persons who are members of the party, and
f) the need to provide a fair opportunity for each registered political party to convey its policies to the public by the broadcasting of election programmes on television