Click here to view the Register of Third Parties for the 2012 State General election.
A third party for a State election is defined as any entity other than a candidate, registered political party or an associated entity (of a registered political party). It may include an individual.
An entity will be identified as a third party where:
- the entity publicly canvasses issues relevant to the election for consideration by electors voting in the election. These issues may not clearly support a particular political party or candidate, but rather implore electors to make an informed decision in line with current election matters.
- the entity advocates support for a particular political party or candidate and does so primarily through advertising mediums.
Third parties are required to disclose their campaign activity by lodging a disclosure return with the commission. Third parties must lodge a disclosure return where they:
- incur electoral expenditure exceeding $200 during the capped expenditure period 20 May 2011 to 6pm 24 March 2012; or
- receive a political donation of $1,000 or more during the disclosure period 20 April 2009 to 24 April 2012; or
- incur expenditure of $1,000 or more for a political purpose during the disclosure period 20 April 2009 to 24 April 2012.
Political donation caps apply to third parties. The maximum amount (or cap) on the value of Political Donations which any one person/organisation may give to a third party in the 2011/12 financial year is $2,100. Political donations are gifts which are intended to be used for a campaign and can include gifts in kind or payment of campaign expenditure by another person on behalf of the third party.
A political purpose is the publication of electoral matter and/or publicly expressing views on an issue in an election whether or not this is in support of a particular political party or candidate. It also includes the making of a gift to a candidate, political party or to a person for use for a political purpose.
Disclosure returns must detail all gifts received and electoral expenditure incurrred for the applicable period. Disclosure returns must be given in the approved form to the commission within 15 weeks after polling day.
A third party that does not incur electoral expenditure and does not finance a campaign from gifts received, will still be required to submit a disclosure return with a delcaration to this effect.
A third party that intends to incur electoral expenditure for an election may apply for registration with the commission. Applications to register as a Third Party close on 23 March 2012. See below for registration details.
Requirements for Registered Third Parties
- Registered third parties are subject to an electoral expenditure cap of $500,000 total State-wide, but not more than $75,000 in any one electoral district.
- A registered third party must keep a separate account with a financial institution for State election campaigns. This is called a State campaign account. All political donations must be deposited to and all electoral expenditure must be paid from this account.
Requirements for Unregistered Third Parties
- Unregistered third parties must comply with a lower electoral expenditure cap. The cap is $10,000 total State-wide, but no more than $2,000 in any one electoral district.
- An unregistered third party that receives a political donation must keep a State campaign account. The requirement to operate a State campaign account does not apply if the entity uses its own funds to finance a campaign.
Click here for the third party handbook.
Registering a Third Party
An application to register a third party must be made in the approved form (QTP01) and be accompanied by an appointment of an individual as the party's agent.
Applications must be lodged with the commission by close of business on Friday, 23 March 2012.
A separate form will be required in the event that the third party’s details change. Third parties are required to give the electoral commission notice of change to their details within 30 days of the change happening.
QFD07 Disclosure Return - Third Parties
QTP01 Application for Registration of a Third Party
QTP02 Notice of Appointment of an Agent by a Third Party
QTP03 Notice of Change of Details for a Registered Third Party
Election Funding and Financial Disclosure Handbook for Third Parties