Political parties may apply to “register” under the Electoral Act 2004 with the Tasmanian Electoral Commission. Registration enables a party to list on Parliamentary ballot papers the names of party candidates under the name of the party.
It is not a process to establish a political party.
Under the Electoral Act 2004, registering a political party requires an application by at least 100 members.
An application is to be made on a form available from the office of the TEC. The form requires the following details:
Each member is to complete a statutory declaration in which they declare they are a member of the party and that they support the application for registration of that party. (Statutory declaration forms for this purpose are also available from the office of the TEC.)
Once an application is received by the TEC and assessed as complying with the Act, a notice of the details of the applications must be published in the Government Gazette and the Mercury, Advocate and Examiner newspapers. This is required by section 45 of the Act, and means that the name and address of each person in the application are published.
A 30 day objection period commences the day after the publication of the notice during which a person may object against the registration of the party. The grounds for objection are listed in section 47 of the Act.
After this period, the Commission has 21 days in which to consider the application and any objections, and make a decision to accept or reject the application.
For more detailed information on the party registration process, and for the approved forms for applying to register, please contact the office of the TEC - 6208 8700.
Please note that any action on an application for registration must be suspended in the event that a Tasmanian Parliamentary election commences. Such suspension applies until after the election period finishes.