2022 federal election
Due to the issue of the writs for a federal election to be held on 21 May 2022, the AEC must cease processing of party registration applications. Processing of applications will recommence on the return of the writs. The date set for return of the writs is on or before 28 June 2022.
Reason: Section 127 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 – Party not to be registered during an election.
The operation of s 127 of the Electoral Act does not affect registered political parties opting to replace or appoint AEC recognised office bearers.
Electoral Legislation Amendment (Party Registration Integrity) Act 2021
On 2 September 2021, the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Party Registration Integrity) Act 2021 received Royal Assent. Further information is available on the Party registration guidance page.
To apply to register a political party for a federal election, you should:
The Guide provides assistance to new parties to apply for registration including eligibility requirements and process for registering a political party.
Applications for registration must be made to the AEC in line with instructions on the relevant application form and with reference to the Guide for registering a party.
To maintain the registration of a political party, you should:
This Guide provides assistance to registered parties to maintain party registration, change party details and party officers and information on the deregistration of political parties.
Applications must be made to the AEC in line with instructions on the relevant application form and with reference to the Guide for maintaining party registration.
The AEC’s policy is to review each registered political party once between federal elections – at the mid-point of the electoral cycle. Parties that do not have a member of Parliament will be reviewed to determine if they continue to have 1,500 members.
Outside of this cyclical review process, the AEC will undertake a review of the registration of a specific political party if:
The AEC may de-register a party on the following grounds:
When the AEC receives an application for party registration (new party registration or a change to the Register) it considers meets the requirements for registration, it must publish a notice in major newspapers in each State and Territory and on the AEC website.
Any person or organisation may object to a party being registered on specific grounds by submitting reasons in writing to the AEC before the end of the time specified in the notice.
The registered officer of an earlier registered party may submit an objection to the continued registration of a second party’s name, abbreviation or logo on specific grounds.