Political Party Registration

Updated: 26 March 2018

Due to the issue of the writs for by-elections in the electorates of Braddon, Fremantle, Longman, Mayo and Perth, the AEC cannot process party registration applications or reviews. Processing of applications and reviews will recommence on the return of the writs. The last day that the writs can be returned is 23 September 2018.

Reason: Section 127 and section 138A(2) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 – Party not to be registered or subject to a review 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.