Updated: 9 May 2017
Membership testing process
When a membership list is submitted to the AEC to support either registration or a review, the following steps are taken:
- The membership list is checked to confirm that it contains between 500 and 550 names.
- The membership list is checked against the Electoral Roll through an automated process. Party members will fall into the following three categories: matched to one; matched to many; or no match.
- The names in the categories 'matched to many' and 'no match' are individually checked against the Electoral Roll. These members now fall into one of four categories: matched to the Electoral Roll; deceased; not currently enrolled to vote; or not found on the roll.
- Unique members – Two or more parties cannot rely on the same members for the purpose of registration or continued registration. The names of party members matched to the Electoral Roll in both stages of testing are then compared to membership lists of other registered political parties to identify any cross party duplicates. Duplicates are removed from the membership list.
- Less than 500 – If after this verification process the membership list does not contain 500 names, the party will be issued with a Notice to either vary their application or review submission.
- 500 or more – If after this verification process is completed, the membership list contains between 500 and 550 names of electors, the second phase of testing commences.
- Random testing – The membership list is now randomised using an excel function. The size of the random sample is determined by the number of members on the list after steps 2 to 4 are completed.
- Party members are contacted starting from the top of the randomised list. In the first instance emails are sent to those members with an email address. If no response is received after 24–48 hours the member will be contacted via phone.
- Contact is attempted on three separate occasions. If after the third attempt the member is still uncontactable they are deemed a non-response (not a denial) and the next consecutive person on the list is contacted. Phone contact is continued in this way until the required number of contacts is reached.
Membership testing table
To determine whether a political party meets the requirements of the Electoral Act relating to number of members, the AEC as part of party membership testing will contact a random sample of 18–50 members. The determination of the sample size is based on advice from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Dependent on the actual sample size, and to allow the AEC to be confident that a political party meets the requirements, a certain percentage of members must confirm their membership when contacted by the AEC. Based on a recommendation from the ABS a political party is permitted a number of denials, before the AEC would determine that the political party does not meet the number of members' required for registration under the Act.
Membership testing table
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