Information for parties, candidates & scrutineers

Updated: 12 March 2019

Electoral Backgrounders are provided to aide understanding of aspects of electoral legislation that give rise to most of the questions received by the AEC during an election period.

Electoral backgrounders are provided in html only but can be printed directly from the website in a printer friendly format.

This guide is intended to assist political parties to understand the party registration provisions of Part XI of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918. It provides general guidance on the requirements and process for:

  • registering a political party
  • maintaining party registration
  • changing party details and party officers
  • deregistration of political parties.
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