Party registration guidance

Updated: 13 September 2021

Electoral Legislation Amendment (Party Registration Integrity) Act 2021 (Party Registration Act)

On 2 September 2021, the Party Registration Act received Royal Assent and the Party Registration Guide is being updated to reflect changes to Part XI of the Electoral Act (Registration of Political Parties).

The key changes to Part XI of the Electoral Act (Registration of Political Parties) included in the Party Registration Act include:

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Membership of a non-Parliamentary political party - increase to ‘at least 1500 members’ (s 123)

For a non-Parliamentary political party to attain and maintain registration in the Register of Political Parties, it will be required to have ‘at least 1500 members’ (increased from ‘at least 500 members’).

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Parties with certain names and abbreviations not to be registered (s 129)

Parties will not be allowed to be registered if they include a word which is part of the name or abbreviation of an already registered political party (without that party’s consent). Some exceptions apply for functions words, collective nouns, and names of people and places.

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Parties with certain logos not to be registered (s 129A)

Parties will not be allowed to register a logo if it includes a word which is part of the name or abbreviation of an already registered political party (without that party’s consent). Some exceptions apply for functions words, collective nouns, and names of people and places. (Similar to the changes to name and abbreviation requirements).

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Objection to continued use of name or logo (s 134A)

Objections can be made under the new legislation against existing names and logos (to align with changes to s 129 and s 129A).

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