MP Handbook

This handbook provides information you will need as an MP in election year, particularly if you are also a candidate for the 2017 general election, including the rules under the Electoral Act for MP contact information and what you need to think about for other parliamentary publicity published in the run up to the election. Detailed information about standing as a candidate, including the nomination process and the reporting of expenses and donations and information about enrolment and voting services can be found in the Candidate Handbook - General Election 2017.

What’s new for MPs at this election?

For MPs there are some changes to the rules that apply to MP office and vehicle signage. These changes are explained in more detail in the handbook.

Key dates for 2017

23 June Start of the regulated period The three month period before election day when election expense limits apply for advertising published during this period.
Parliamentary Service funding is not available for election advertising published during the regulated 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
22 August Dissolution of Parliament  
23 August Writ day Candidate and party television and radio broadcasting can begin
24 August to noon 29 August Nomination period Bulk nominations of candidates and party lists to be lodged with the Electoral Commission by noon 28 August
Individual candidate nominations to be lodged with the Returning Officer by noon 29 August
6 September Overseas voting begins  
11 September Advance voting begins  
22 September Day before election day End of the regulated period. All campaign signage must be removed
before midnight
23 September Election day Voters can vote between 9am and 7pm. No campaigning is allowed on election day
7 October Official results 2pm target for the release of official results
12 October Return of the writ and declaration of list MPs This is the date for the return of the writ showing successful
electorate candidates and the declaration of election of list
members (assuming there are no judicial recounts)
23 November Last date for Parliament to be summoned Assuming the writ is returned on 12 October - Parliament must meet within six weeks of the date of the return of the writ
23 January 2018 Candidate election expenses and donations return due  



Last updated: 29 March 2017