Party registration handbook



Can contest the party vote at general elections and stand electorate candidates at general elections and by-elections

Can stand electorate candidates at general elections and by-elections

Can have a party logo next to the party and candidate names on the ballot paper at a general election or by-election

Cannot have a party logo on the ballot paper, but can have the name of the party under its electorate candidate(s)

Is able to spend up to the party expense limit at a general election

For the 2020 general election this is $1,199,000 if the party contests the party vote plus $28,200 for each electoral district contested by a candidate for the party

Each candidate that stands for an unregistered party can spend up to the electorate candidate limit

For the 2020 general election this is $28,200

If the unregistered party pays for candidate advertising published during the regulated period this will count towards the candidate’s limit

Must file an audited party expenses return after each general election, even where the party does not contest the election or incur election expenses


Can apply for a share of the broadcasting allocation to purchase advertising time on television, radio and the internet in the month before election day


Must file an audited return of party donations and loans every year by 30 April


Must appoint and retain an auditor


Must declare party donations and loans of more than $30,000 (alone or in aggregate from the same person) within 10 working days of receipt


Must keep records of election expenses for three years after an election

Each candidate must keep their own records and file a return of expenses and donations

Must maintain at least 500 current financial members who are eligible to enrol at all times and submit a statutory declaration by 30 April each year confirming the party continues to satisfy this requirement


Must provide the Commission with a copy of the party’s rules for publication online and submit an up-to-date version when there are any changes

May be asked to provide a copy of the party rules when candidates contest an election on the party’s behalf

Contact details for the party and its party secretary are published on the Commission’s website


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