Media release: Deadline to nominate as a candidate in the 2016 federal election

Updated: 6 June 2016

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) issued a reminder today that anyone interested in standing as a House of Representatives or Senate candidate in the 2016 federal election has until 12 noon Thursday 9 June to nominate.

Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said both the completed nomination form and deposit must be received by the relevant AEC officer by the 12 noon deadline. Incomplete or late nominations cannot be accepted.

Nomination forms are available online, at any AEC office or by calling the AEC on 13 23 26. The nomination deposit is $1 000 for a House of Representatives candidate and $2 000 for a Senate candidate.

Nominations for the Senate for a state or territory must be lodged at the office of the Australian Electoral Officer for that state or territory.

Single nominations for the House of Representatives for an electoral division must be lodged at the office of the Divisional Returning Officer for that electoral division.

Bulk nominations (consisting of all House of Representatives candidates endorsed by a registered political party for a particular state or territory) must be lodged at the office of the Australian Electoral Officer for that state or territory not less than 48 hours before the close of nominations (by 12 noon on Tuesday 7 June).

The location of all AEC offices are available online or by calling 13 23 26.

"I encourage people interested in nominating as a candidate to lodge their nomination as early as possible. This will ensure there is time to resolve any issues that may arise with the nomination form," Mr Rogers said.

To be eligible to nominate for either the Senate or the House of Representatives, a person must be an Australian citizen aged 18 years or older and an elector entitled to vote, or qualified to become such an elector.

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