The AEC maintains a Register of Political Parties. This register lists those parties which are eligible to have the party affiliation of their endorsed candidates printed on ballot papers.
To be eligible for registration a party must be:
Applications for registration are made to the AEC's National Office. For parliamentary parties they may be made by the party secretary or all the parliamentary members. For other political parties the application must be signed by ten members of the party of whom one is the secretary of the party.
An application cannot be processed by the AEC in the period between the issue and the return of the writ for a Commonwealth election or by-election.
For application requirements, refer to the Party Registration Guide.
When the AEC receives an application for party registration it publishes a notice in major newspapers in each State and Territory. This notice invites objections on the grounds that:
Any person or organisation may object to a party being registered on these grounds by submitting reasons in writing to the AEC during the month after the date of notice.
The AEC may de-register a party on the following grounds: