A political party is an organisation that represents a group of people or set of ideas. Political parties work to have their members elected to parliament, so they can influence the making of laws and affect the way that the State is run.
Political parties often have branches all over Australia. Parties recruit members to these branches. Members can:
- suggest policies
- vote on who should be a candidate
- help run election campaigns.
Registering a political party for the 2022 State election
The next State election is on Saturday 26 November.
Applications to register a political party cannot be made within 120 days of a State election. The deadline to apply for the 2022 State election closed on Friday 29 July 2022.
You can still apply to register a new party, but your registration won’t be processed until after the 2022 State election.
A registered officer is someone nominated by a party as the person responsible for its administrative work.
- nominating all endorsed candidates at a State election
- submitting Upper House group registrations at a State election
- acting as contact person for the party.
Registered officers are also responsible for the parties' funding and political donations compliance obligations. This is a serious responsibility, with severe penalties for providing incorrect or misleading information.
Registered officers are also responsible for:
- keeping detailed financial records
- maintaining the state campaign account
- disclosing all political donations to us using VEC Disclosures
- submitting annual returns
- lodging funding applications.
Each party may expect their registered officer to perform other tasks.
Electoral roll product schedule
Under Section 33 of the Electoral Act we must regularly provide enrolment information to political parties, members and candidates.
This information must only be used in connection with an election. Severe penalties apply for misuse of this information. The table below outlines the roll products schedule for the 2022 State election.
Roll products will be made available to all Registered Political Parties denoting new electoral boundaries, which come into effect 1 November
The roll for the State election closes at 8 pm on Tuesday 8 November.
Roll products will be made available to:
Registered political parties must disclose political donations over $1080. There are limits on donation amounts and who can make donations. Guidance on what is considered a political donation and when they must be disclosed is available on this website.
Political donations are publicly available on VEC Disclosures.
Funding is available for registered political parties to assist with the costs of running a political party. The administration of public funding is regulated under the Electoral Act 2002.
Registered political parties are required to submit an annual return to report on political expenditure. Annual returns are due on 20 October each year.