Party registration handbook


2020 DATES


Parties give notice to be considered for broadcasting allocation

28 February

Parties are required to notify the Electoral Commission that they want to be considered for the broadcasting allocation (parties do not have to be registered at this point).

Annual reporting by parties

30 April

(for previous calendar year )

Deadline for filing annual return of party donations and loans return and section 71A statutory declaration (also a requirement in non-election years).

Start of regulated period

18 August

Election advertising published during the regulated period is subject to expense limits and must be included in the party and/or candidates’ expense returns.

Dissolution of Parliament

6 September

Parties must be registered by this date to be eligible for the broadcasting allocation.

Writ day

13 September

Parties must be registered by writ day to contest the party vote. Once the writ has been issued the Commission can receive the nomination of candidates and the lodgement of party lists.

Nomination day

18 September

Noon on nomination day is the deadline for individual nominations. The deadline for bulk nomination of candidates and submission of party lists by registered parties is noon the day before nomination day.

Election day

17 October

Preliminary election results are released on election night.

Official results declared

9 October


Return of the writ

6 November

The writ is endorsed with the names of candidates who won electorate seats and are returned to Parliament. The allocation of list seats by the Commission and the election of list members typically occurs on the same day.

Electorate candidates’ returns of expenses and donations due

17 February 2021

This is the last date for filing candidate returns for the election.

Parties’ returns of election expenses and broadcasting allocation due

17 March 2021

This is the last date for filing audited party returns for the election.

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