Due to the issue of the writs for the New England and Bennelong by-elections, the AEC cannot process party registration applications. Processing of applications will recommence on the return of these writs. The last day that the writ for the Bennelong by-election can be returned is 21 February 2018.Reason: Section 127 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 – Party not to be registered during election.
These timeframes could be extended if there are objections during the one month public consultation process, as applicant parties have the right of response to objections provided to the AEC.
Guidance for party registration applications is provided below.