What is Party Registration?


Registration is the process a political party has to go through in order to allow it to run candidates in state or federal elections.

If a party is not registered, it can still run candidates but only as an independent candidate. Independent candidates can only appear below the line for the upper house in a state or federal government.

The advantages of registration include:

  • running candidates on a group ticket when running for upper house seats;
  • a party gets more public recognition, particularly from the media and state or federal parliaments;
  • if the party achieves 4% or more of the total vote in a federal election or achieves 4% or more of the total vote, the party will be refunded the deposit - which can range from $1000 - $3000 per candidate - the party has to pay for each candidate it runs in an election, and
  • if a party achieves between 4% and 10% of the total primary vote, the party will receive (at current rates) $3.50 per vote over the 4% up to the 10% maximum, and
  • if a party achieves over 10% of the total primary vote, the party will received $3.00 per vote over the 10%.

For registration, the Party must provide the electoral commission with:

  • a list containing the name, address, date of birth and contact details of at least the minimum number of members. The size of the list is dependent upon the jurisdiction (either the state or federal commission), and
  • an equivalent number of membership declarations or a statutory declaration of membership (dependent upon the state).

When the Party is ready to register, we will contact you asking that you provide us with a declaration confirming your support for the ongoing registration.

  • we may contact you by email or via the postal service.
  • whenever possible, we will send you a prefilled declaration that you can sign online.

What is ongoing registration?

Periodically (normally annually), an electoral commission will ask a party to verify that it still qualifies to remain as a registered political party.

For ongoing registration, the Party must provide the electoral commission with:

  • a list containing the name, address, date of birth and contact details of at least the minimum number of members. The size of the list is dependent upon the jurisdiction (either the state or federal commission), and
  • an equivalent number of membership declarations or a statutory declaration of membership (dependent upon the state).

When the Party is asked to confirm it is qualified to remain registered, we will contact you asking that you provide us with a declaration confirming your support for the ongoing registration.

  • we may contact you by email or via the postal service.
  • whenever possible, we will send you a prefilled declaration that you can sign online.