Appendix A: Summary of election advertising rules for electorate candidates

Broadcast advertising
When broadcasts allowed
Must be authorised by1
Electorate candidate expense?
Candidate promoting party, candidate and party, or attacking another party or candidate Not allowed Not applicable Not applicable
Promoting electorate candidate only (not using broadcasting allocation2)

Election period

(23 August to 22 September)

Electorate candidate Yes (and the value is a donation if paid for by the party or campaign supporter)
Non-broadcast advertising
Period for which counted as election expense3
Must be authorised by1
Electorate candidate expense?
Promoting party or attacking party or candidate Regulated period (23 June to 22 September) Party secretary No
Promoting both electorate candidate and party Regulated period (23 June to 22 September) Both the party secretary and electorate candidate Yes (for the cost of that portion of the ad relating to the electorate candidate)
Promoting electorate candidate Regulated period (23 June to 22 September) Electorate candidate Yes

1 Information about the written authorisation and promoter statement requirements is provided in Part 2 of this handbook.
2 Guidance on the use of the broadcasting allocation for advertising that promotes a candidate is provided in the Party Secretary Handbook - General Election 2017.
3 There are no restrictions on when non-broadcast advertisements can be published, except that they cannot be published on election day.

Last updated: 27 March 2017