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.
Links to further information:
- Fact sheet 5 - Definition of electoral expenditure PDF (0.23 MB)
- Fact sheet 6 - Disclosure of electoral expenditure PDF (0.17 MB)
- Fact sheet 7 - Expenditure caps for registered political parties and endorsed candidates PDF (0.16 MB)
- Fact sheet 8 - Expenditure caps for independent candidates PDF (0.15 MB)
- Fact sheet 16 - Electoral advertising and authorisation of election material PDF (0.22 MB)
- Handbook 2 - Election and Disclosure Obligations for Candidates for State elections
PDF (0.8 MB)