Political party registration reviews commence

Wednesday 11 October 2023

For immediate release

Reviews of 15 political parties that received an average of less than 4% of first preference votes at the 2022 State election commence this week.

Under Victoria’s electoral laws, the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) must conduct a review of parties that received an average of less than 4% of first preference votes over all electorates they contested.

The reviews involve the VEC contacting party members and asking them to confirm their eligibility as a member of the party. Parties must demonstrate that they have at least 500 eligible members to maintain registration.

Eligible members must be Victorian electors, members of the party in accordance with the party’s rules and cannot be members of another registered political party or another political party applying for registration.

Further information and updates on the progress of the registration reviews can be found on the VEC website at vec.vic.gov.au/party-reviews

Media information

Review timeline and further communications

The registration review process can take up to 5 months. The VEC will publicly communicate the progress and outcomes of these reviews by:

  • maintaining a status table on vec.vic.gov.au/party-reviews with regular updates on the progress of each party’s review
  • distributing a media release if a party is de-registered
  • distributing a media release at the conclusion of all reviews.