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.
- Handbook - Third Party 2017.pdf (PDF 964.34 KB)
- Application form for registered promoters 2017.pdf (PDF 348.46 KB)