Third Party Handbook

This handbook provides information you will need as a third party in the 2017 general election and includes detailed information on:

  • who is a promoter
  • recording and reporting election expenses
  • registering as a promoter
  • the election day rules
  • the election campaigning rules

What’s new at this election?

There will be some changes to advance voting at the election. Campaign activity inside advance voting places and within 10 metres of the entrance to an advance voting place will be prohibited. There will also be a slightly shorter advance voting period, starting 12 days before election day, but longer opening times and an advance voting service will also be available on the Sunday before election day. Case law has confirmed that the broadcasting rules in Part 6 of the Broadcasting Act only apply to broadcasts initiated by political parties and candidates, not broadcasting by third parties. These changes are explained in more detail in the handbook.

Key dates for a third party

23 June Start of the regulated period The three month period before election day where candidate, party and third party election expense limits apply for advertising published during this period
22 July Electoral signs Special rules allow signs up to 3 square metres to go up from this date subject to local authority rules about location
23 August Writ day Candidate and party television and radio broadcasting can begin
Noon 29 August Nomination day All candidates must have submitted their nomination by noon on this date
6 September Overseas voting begins  
11 September Advance voting begins  
22 September Day before election day End of regulated period. You must remove all campaign signage before midnight
23 September Election day Voters can vote between 9am and 7pm. No campaigning is allowed on election day
7 October Official results declared 2pm target for the release of official results
23 January 2018 Third party returns due Third parties that spend more than $100,000 on election advertising published during the regulated period must file a return with the Electoral Commission by this date

This guide is available for download below.

The application form to register as a promoter can be found here.

Last updated: 04 April 2017