Information for candidates

Updated: 18 February 2019

Standing as a candidate

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Candidates Handbook

The Candidates Handbook is your guide to standing for election to the Commonwealth Parliament. It covers each stage of the federal electoral process and provides you with the relevant parts of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Act). You will learn about electoral law, and which laws apply to you and the people assisting you.

The handbook includes steps you need to take to qualify as a candidate and how to comply with the law before, during and after an election. We suggest that you read the Australian Constitution, the Act, and other relevant legislation listed in the handbook for more information.

The aim of this handbook is to provide you with general information about the nomination process and campaign activity. We cannot provide you with formal legal advice.

Candidate nomination guide for federal electoral events

If you're thinking about standing as a candidate for the Commonwealth Parliament, this guide outlines the steps you will need to take when nominating for the Senate or the House of Representatives.

Candidate information sessions

To assist political parties and individuals who are interested in nominating as candidates for election, information sessions are conducted.

To find out more about the candidate information sessions contact the AEC on 13 23 26.

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