For most candidates, the electoral process only begins with nomination.
Can I start campaigning?
Candidates can start campaigning at any time, even before they have officially nominated.
When campaigning, consider the following:
- All campaign material, including advertising, must be properly authorised by the candidate (or a representative of the candidate's party) so it is clear who is accountable for it.
- All non-electoral laws, such as those relating to defamation, still apply.
- During the election period, candidates must not print or distribute materials that are likely to mislead voters into voting incorrectly.
For more information about a candidate's responsibilities please see the Candidate Handbook.
Where will I be on the ballot paper?
The position of each candidate on the ballot paper is determined by a computerised random draw after nominations close.
Regular ballot papers, such as those for the State Lower House, use a single random draw.
Ballot papers that use above or below the line voting (such as those for the state (Upper House) are randomly drawn in three phases:
- the order of the parties and groups above the line
- the order of the candidates for each party and group (unless they have been already specified) then
- the order of the independent (ungrouped) candidates.
Party logos on ballot papers (State elections)
Registered Political Parties may supply logos as part of their registration process. Logos will appear:
- next to the name of the party’s endorsed candidate on District ballot papers
- beneath the square in relation to a group on Region ballot papers
- below the party’s name in the Currently registered parties listing.
Disclosure of political donations
From Sunday 25 November 2018, State election candidates must disclose donations they receive of $1,000 or more. There is also a $4,000 cap on political donations from any one donor to any one recipient during an election period.
For more information visit Disclosure of political donations.
Eligible candidates at State elections receive a dollar amount per first preference vote.
To be eligible for funding, candidates must be elected or receive at least 4% of first preference votes.
For more information see Public funding