A registered political party is one that has demonstrated to the VEC that it has at least 500 members. To do this, it provides us with a list of members, which we verify.
Why register a party?
A registered political party:
- can have its name and logo next to its candidates’ names on District ballot papers, or above its group on Region ballot papers
- nominates its candidates and submits how-to-vote cards centrally with the VEC rather than with election managers
- is entitled to enrolment information (which it can use only for permitted purposes).
An unregistered party can still participate at elections, but will not be entitled to the above.
How to register a party
To register a party, you must make an application in writing.
Your application must include:
- the name and address of the proposed Registered Officer
- a copy of the party’s constitution
- a statutory declaration about the number of eligible members
- a list of the names and addresses of at least 500 members
- an application fee of $751.50 as at 1 July 2021 (50 fee units).
Information about party members
The list of 500 members you submit must be people who:
- are enrolled to vote in Victoria
- are members in accordance to the rules of your party
- are not members of another registered party
- are not members of another party applying for registration.
Once we receive all the required information, we check the list to confirm membership. We also advertise the application to ensure there are no objections to the party being registered.
This process can take up to four months.
Applications for political party registration cannot be made during the period commencing 120 days before election day. Additionally, any applications in progress at the issue of the writ will be suspended until after the election has been completed.
Political parties are required to re-register once during the term of each Parliament.
To re-register, parties need to follow the same requirements as for registration. Our assessment process is also the same.
A political party can be deregistered for any of the following reasons:
- the party sends a request in writing to the VEC
- the party has not endorsed at least one candidate for an election held within the last five years
- the party does not comply with a request for information
- the party no longer exists
- the party does not have at least 500 members
- registration was obtained by fraud or misrepresentation.
Review of decisions
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) can review VEC decisions on:
- refusal of registration
- cancellation of a registration
- amendment of registration.
Any person or party affected by the decision may apply for a review in writing to VCAT within 28 days of the decision.
Privacy and political party registration
We are required to publish a Register of Political Parties that includes:
- the name, postal address and logo (if applicable) of each party
- the name and address of each party’s Registered Officer.
For more details, see Privacy at the Victorian Electoral Commission
For more information or to apply for registration, email Candidate and Registered Political Party Services team