Incurring electoral expenditure

For candidates

During the capped expenditure period, candidates must remain within the expenditure cap limits for an election.

State general election

The capped expenditure period starts on the first business day after the last Saturday in the preceding March and ends at 6pm on the polling day for the election.

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

  • $60,499.10, or
  • if the party has more than one candidate in one electoral district, $60,499.10 is to be divided by the number of endorsed candidates.

These amounts are in addition to expenditure which may be incurred by a registered political party.

Independent candidates can spend up to $90,748.65.

Any expenditure incurred before the capped expenditure period will still count towards the cap if the associated goods are first used for a campaign purpose during the capped period.

By-election

The capped expenditure period commences on the day the writ for the election is issued and ends at 6pm on the polling day for the election.

Any expenditure incurred before the capped expenditure period will still count towards the cap if the associated goods are first used for a campaign purpose during the capped period.

Independent and endorsed candidates can spend up to $90,748.65. Any expenditure incurred by a registered political party will count towards the cap of their endorsed candidate.

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