For candidates

Voters and political parties can nominate candidates to contest an election. Before you stand in an election, learn the rules for nominations, campaigning, advertising, expenses, expense limits, and donations.

If you’re an electorate candidate, you can advertise and campaign to encourage people to vote for you. Different rules apply depending on who the advertisement is promoting and the medium it’s in.

As a candidate, you’re also responsible for staying under your advertising expense limit, keeping a record of your expenses,  donations and loans, and reporting them to us after the election.

You can find out more about how to become a candidate, and the rules for advertising, campaigning and expenses, donations and loans for the 2023 General Election, in the Candidate Handbook.

Candidate Handbook for the 2023 General Election

The electorate candidate expense limit for the general election comes into force on 1 July and is:

  • $32,600 (including GST) on election advertising published during the regulated period. 

The regulated period for the 2023 General Election will run from Friday 14 July to Friday 13 October 2023.

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