Political party registration process in final stages

Friday 28 October 2022

For immediate release

The application process for registering a political party for this year’s State election nears completion with a record number of political parties seeking registration.

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) received 18 applications this year and as of today:

  • 9 applications have been approved
  • 7 applications were refused
  • one application was withdrawn
  • one application is still pending.

The following political parties were successfully registered today:

  • Angry Victorians Party
  • Restore Democracy Sack Dan Andrews Party.

These parties join a number of other parties who had already successfully registered this year.

Of the 7 applications refused, 5 of these were announced today after not meeting the statutory requirement to prove they have 500 members who are Victorian electors. These are:

  • Australian Democrats
  • Australian Federation Party Victoria
  • FUSION: Science, Pirate, Secular, Climate Emergency
  • Independence Party
  • Indigenous-Aboriginal Party of Australia.

The VEC is continuing to process member responses for one remaining application — the Family Matters Australia Party — and expects to determine the outcome of this application by Monday.

Under Victoria’s electoral laws, anyone applying to register a political party is required to declare that they have at least 500 members and to provide a list with the names and addresses of members to the VEC.

The VEC then independently checks the applicant’s membership list by writing to those listed by the party at the address provided and asking them to confirm they are eligible members of the party. On receipt of a positive response, the VEC checks the enrolment of the person.

Political parties are advised that this process can take 3 to 4 months.

If the VEC is unable to confirm a party has at least 500 members from the list provided in an initial application, the applicant is given an opportunity to provide a supplementary list of members.

Electoral Commissioner, Warwick Gately AM, said that some parties would be disappointed, but that the VEC had provided all the necessary support to help get them over the line. This included accommodating any potential postal disruptions caused by the recent floods and extending the deadline for receiving member responses for all pending applications until this week.

‘The administration of a political party’s membership list is entirely the responsibility of the political party itself. It is not for the VEC to tidy up poor or missing data, to correct member address details, or to act as an intermediary between a political party and its members,’ said Mr Gately.

To view a full list of the parties registered for this year’s State election visit: Currently registered parties