Appendix A: Further information about promoters

Unregistered promoters

An individual or group may be an unregistered promoter for the purposes of a parliamentary election provided that they do not incur advertising expenses exceeding $12,600 (including GST) in relation to election advertisements published during the regulated period. For more information on what is an election advertisement see Part 1.

There is no requirement for an unregistered promoter to disclose how much has been spent on election advertising. However, unregistered promoters are required to keep records of the costs incurred in relation to election advertisements published during the regulated period for verification purposes until 3 years after the election.

The following cannot be an unregistered promoter:

  • an electorate candidate
  • a list candidate
  • a registered party
  • a person involved in the administration of:
    • the affairs of a candidate in relation to the candidate’s election campaign, or
    • the affairs of a registered party.

Registered promoters

Any individual or group who is a third party promoter who spends, or intends to spend, over $12,600 (including GST) on election advertising during the regulated period must register with the Electoral Commission.

The following cannot be a registered promoter:

  • an electorate candidate
  • a list candidate
  • a registered party
  • an overseas person
  • a person involved in the administration of:
    • the affairs of a candidate in relation to the candidate’s election campaign, or
    • the affairs of a registered party.

A registered promoter can spend up to $315,000 on election advertising during the regulated period. For more information on the rules related to third parties see the Third Party Handbook - General Election 2017.

Last updated: 30 March 2017