Registered Political Parties

Registered political parties have certain obligations and entitlements. All requirements for registration must be met to be included as a party in the NSW Electoral Commission Register of Parties.

Political parties, applying for registration and intending to participate in either a state or local government election, must be registered for 12 months prior to the close of nominations for that election. Applications should be submitted 3 months prior to that date, or 15 months prior to the close of nominations.

Different registration requirements apply to political parties wishing to contest state and/or local government elections. Please refer to the Party Registration Policy and Procedures (PDF 115KB) and relevant Handbook for more detailed information on registering a party for elections.

At the time of a State election the Electoral Commissioner is required to prepare an information sheet for each registered political party and display these on the election website at least 1 month before the Legislative Assembly is dissolved. This information sheet is to contain the following information:

  • the name of the registered party,
  • the name and address of the registered officer of the party,
  • a statement (not exceeding 500 words) setting out the platform or objectives of the party provided by the registered officer of the party.

What is the Register of Parties?

Legislation requires that a State and a Local Government Register of Parties be maintained. Details include:

  • party name and address
  • abbreviation or acronym of the name
  • name, address and telephone number of the registered officer, deputy and secretary
  • list of members relied upon for registration purposes
  • declarations of party membership
  • party constitution that sets out the platform or objectives of the party
  • the party status of public funding for state election campaigns.

A list of Registered Parties is on this website. The full registers are available to view by appointment at our office.

Amendments to the Register of Parties

A registered political party may apply to the NSWEC to amend the Register of Parties.

It may:

  • Change the party name or address
  • Change the abbreviation of the name
  • Add an abbreviation or acronym if there is not already one in the Register
  • Change the persons who are appointed as the Registered Officer and Deputy Registered Officer/s of the party and the address of such persons

Refer to the Handbook for New and Continued Registration of Political Parties in NSW and relevant forms for information about amendments to the Register of Parties.

'Freeze period' for changes to party registration details

We are now in the ‘freeze period’ for changes to the registered details of political parties. Registered political parties cannot make any changes to their registration details until after the 9 September 2017 local Council elections.

Parties should contact the NSWEC’s Funding, Disclosure and Compliance Division on 1300 022 011 to confirm when changes can be made to a party’s registration details as  the freeze period is subject to the timing of any future by-elections.

Entitlements of registered political parties

The entitlements of registration include:

  • party affiliation printed below the endorsed candidate's name on ballot papers
  • nomination of candidates through a party's registered officer or deputy registered officer
  • state registered party access to a copy of the electoral roll to be used for electoral purposes only
  • local government registered party access to the electoral roll — only available to the candidate of the area they have nominated for and after the close of nominations
  • state registered parties are eligible for election funding.

How to register for state elections

Political parties contesting a State election may choose to be a registered political party under the Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Act 1912; it is not compulsory.

To register to contest State elections a party must:

  • have an acceptable name
  • have at least 750 members, who are enrolled on the NSW electoral roll, and are not relied upon by another party for registration purposes
  • have a registered officer
  • have a written constitution that sets out the platform or objectives of the party
  • pay the $2,000 registration fee.

Refer to the Handbook for New and Continued Registration of Political Parties in NSW and relevant forms for more information.

How to register for local government elections

2016 NSW Local Government General Election

Registration of Political Parties

If you are considering contesting the 2016 Local Government Election as a registered political party, the following information is important.

When do you need to apply for registration by?

Registration is a lengthy legal process and involves careful assessment of material lodged by the applicant. You should lodge your application as soon as possible.

Parties wishing to nominate candidates for the 2016 Local Government Election must be registered by 31 July 2015.

What you need to do to become a registered political party

In order to become a registered political party applicants must, amongst other things, provide the following information to the
NSW Electoral Commission.

  • an acceptable name
  • at least 100 members, who are enrolled on the NSW electoral roll, and not relied upon by another party for registration purposes
  • a registered officer
  • a written constitution that sets out the platform or objectives of the party

Please note that making an application does not guarantee registration. Please refer to the Handbook for New and Continued Registration of Political Parties in NSW and relevant forms for more information or contact us on 1300 022 011.

Continued Registration

Once registered, political parties are required to provide an annual return by 30 June demonstrating their continued eligibility for registration. There is no fee for the continued registration process.

We write to registered political parties to commence the continued registration process.

To achieve continued registration, political parties are required to demonstrate they still have sufficient members to satisfy legislative requirements. If the registered officer of a political party fails to comply with these requirements, the Electoral Commissioner may cancel the registration of the party.

The continued registration requirements for political parties are contained in the Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Act 1912 or the Local Government Act 1993.