Requirements for Potential Candidates

In order to be considered as a candidate for a State, Territory or Federal election, the following must be provided by that potential candidate:

Proof of citizenship.

Potential candidates must provide documentary evidence, prior to nomination, that they do not hold dual citizenship with any other country or countries.

  • If a potential candidate was born outside of Australia, they must provide a copy of the naturalisation certificate duly witnessed as authentic.
  • If a potential candidate’s parent(s) or grandparent(s) were born outside of Australia, they must provide evidence that citizenship of that country was renounced or evidence that citizenship of that country is not inherited from their parent(s) or grandparent(s).
  • To renounce citizenship of that other country, you should write to that country's High Commission or Embassy asking if you are considered a citizen of that country and  advising that you wish to renounce any such citizenship. Since the process can be quite lengthy, you should address this as soon as possible.

Short biography.

Potential candidates must provide, in writing, a short biography detailing, amongst other things, political history (if any), work history, family life, interests, why they want to stand for Parliament.

Police check.

Potential candidates must prove by a police check that, at the time of nomination:

  • they have no criminal convictions. Must not have been convicted of any offence carrying a sentence of 12 months or more regardless of actual sentence imposed.
  • they do not have any pending prosecutions. If a potential candidate has a pending prosecution that carries a sentence of 12 months or more, they are disqualified from standing.
  • A Police Check can be requested online here:, at the Australia Post Office Police Check service here or via the Australian National Character Check website. 
  • The fee as of 19th December 2019 is $49.50. The fee is subject to change.
  • Should we learn at a later date that a person has a pending prosecution involving any of the above possible outcomes of offences, their membership of the committee shall be suspended until the resolution of that prosecution at which time they may be reinstated if acquitted in the prosecution or will be removed from the committee if convicted.
  • Should we learn at a later date, that a person has received a criminal conviction for any of the type of offence listed above, they will be banned from committee membership.

Working With Children Safety Check

Potential candidates must provide this check. This must be provided so that we can ensure that persons representing the Child Protection Party do not have a history of child abuse that did not result in criminal prosecution.

The requirements vary in each state and territory. A Working With Children Check can be completed online here:

A fee may apply and is determined by the relevant state or territory government.

Bankruptcy status.

A potential candidate must not be an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent.

Office of the Crown

A potential candidate must not hold any office of the crown. An Office of the Crown means that you are in employ in some way for the government. The office may be paid or unpaid. Examples include (but are not restricted to):

  • members of the military,
  • Parliamentary secretaries,
  • a person who is renting office space to a member of the government,
  • having a pecuniary interest in an agreement with a public service of the Commonwealth such as an interest in a child care business,
  • judges

Australian Defence Force

A potential candidate must not be a permanent member of the ADF.

If a potential candidate is a serving member of the ADF, they must resign that position prior to nomination.

State/Territory Parliamentary Members

A potential candidate must not be a member of a State Parliament or Legislative assembly.

If a potential candidate is currently holding such a position, they must resign that position before they nominate.


  1. Collect all the information requested and then send in 1 email to
  2. All applicants for candidacy will be subject to an interview process by the Party Executive Committee.
  3. Failure to provide all of the information required or the provision of misleading information will result in denial of, or removal from, candidacy of the Child Protection Party