A candidate for a federal election must be:
(Refer also to Constitution, s44) A person may not be a candidate for a federal election if they are:
Candidates may not lodge nominations until after the writ for the election has been issued. The date fixed for the close of nominations must be at least 10 days, but not more than 27 days after the issue of the writ. Nominations must be made before 12 noon on the day nominations close. Nominations will be declared 24 hours after close of nominations.
Nominations for the Senate are made to the Australian Electoral Officer (AEO) for the State or Territory; nominations for the House of Representatives are made to the Divisional Returning Officer for the division where the election is to be held.
The registered officer of a political party may make a 'bulk nomination' of all endorsed House of Representatives candidates within a particular State or Territory. This allows all of a party's candidates to be nominated in one action. Nominations in this form must be made to the AEO for the appropriate State and must be received 48 hours before the hour of nominations.
Nomination forms are available from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) and must contain the following information:
Senate candidates pay a $1000 deposit with their nomination and House of Representatives candidates pay $500. These deposits are returned if a candidate gains more than 4% of the total first preference votes, or if the candidate is in a group of Senate candidates which polls at least 4% of the total first preference votes.