Incurring electoral expenditure

Incurring electoral expenditure (candidate)

A candidate’s expenditure designed to promote, oppose or influence the outcome of voting in an election, must remain within expenditure cap limits within the capped expenditure period.

Candidates endorsed by a registered political party can spend up to:

  • $58,000 in one electoral district, or
  • if the party has more than one candidate in one electoral district, $58,000 is to be divided by the number of endorsed candidates.

Note: In addition to an endorsed candidate’s expenditure cap, a registered political party can incur expenditure up to $92,000 per electoral district.

Independent candidates can spend up to $87,000 in one electoral district.

Transitional arrangements for 2020 State general elections

The capped expenditure period for the 2020 State general election starts on 1 August 2020 and ends at 6pm on 31 October 2020.

Electoral expenditure that is incurred to obtain goods that are first used for a campaign purpose during the 2020 State election capped expenditure period is not counted towards an election participant’s cap if a contract for supply of the goods was entered into before 17 June 2020.

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