Political Party Registration

Updated: 15 February 2017

Due to the issue of the writs for the New England by-election, the AEC cannot process party registration applications. Processing of applications will recommence on the return of the writ. The last day that the writ can be returned is 4 February 2018.

Reason: Section 127 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 – Party not to be registered during election.

Political party registration: Applications under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Electoral Act)

  • An application to register a new party would be expected to take at least 12 weeks to complete.
  • Applications from currently registered parties to register a party logo are expected to take a minimum of six weeks to complete.

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.