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Legislative Council
Elections 2020

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Information for Candidates

This 2020 edition of the information booklet is designed to assist intending candidates for Tasmanian Legislative Council elections.

New in 2020

Following recent amendments to the Electoral Act 2004:

  • The restrictions on publishing advertisements and comments relating to a candidate or election issue in a newspaper on polling day have been removed (see page 18 of booklet).
  • All applications for postal votes must be received before 4pm on the 8th day before polling day.

Candidate Expenditure

  For the 2020 Legislative Council elections, the reporting period for candidate expenditure still begins at Wednesday 1 January 2020.

For Legislative Council elections, election expenditure is capped and details must be provided in a return within 60 days of the result of the election being declared. The expenditure limit for the 2020 elections is $17,500.

  Candidate expenditure return [PDF, 796KB]

The Commission also provides a    TEC expenditure template [XLS, 15KB], to assist candidates with recording their items of expenditure. If using this template, candidates must include a printed a copy of the completed Template and attach it to the Expenditure Return Form. Please ensure that the first and final pages (including the candidate declaration) have also been completed before lodging.

Prior to the last election, the TEC reviewed election expenditure policies in relation to re-used or re-cycled election material. The policy now requires reporting of expenses incurred only for the current election.

For example:

  • If re-using signs or material from a previous election, the value for that material is not required in the return.
  • Costs to update re-used material, such as stickers to overlay on old signs, should be included.

See the    Information for Candidates booklet [PDF, 2.4MB] for more details.


  Nominations can be received after the writ is issued.

Candidates can be nominated in 2 ways:

Individual (non-party) nomination

The non-party nomination form for individuals is used for nomination of an individual candidate. Following amendments to the Electoral Act 2004 in November 2015, these candidates can choose to have the word independent placed under their name on the ballot paper.

  Nomination form (individual, non-party candidates) [PDF, 339KB]

Nominated by a party

The party nomination form enables a registered party to nominate its candidate for a division.

  Nomination form (candidate nominated by a registered party) [PDF, 355KB]

Campaigning and advertising

For Tasmanian Parliamentary elections, campaign material must be authorised between the issue of the writ and the close of poll. Campaign material must not contain an image or name of another candidate without their consent. See the Candidate's Handbook for more details about these and other conditions that apply.

Electoral Commissioner's policy on electoral matter on the internet    

How to access the Electoral Act 2004 and other legislation

The Electoral Act 2004 and other up-to-date Tasmanian Acts and Regulations can be accessed at Tasmania's consolidated legislation online.

Authorisation of election matter on the internet

Under section 191(1)(b) of the Electoral Act 2004, all electoral matter published on the internet between the issue of the writ for an election and the close of poll at that election must contain the name and address of the responsible person at the end.

Address means a street address (not a post office box or an electronic address) at which the responsible person resides or can be readily contacted.

Responsible person means the person taking responsibility for causing electoral matter to be published.

Electoral matter means matter which is intended or likely to affect voting in an election.

The Electoral Commissioner recommends that candidates and other persons with websites (including ‘Facebook’ pages) containing electoral matter should ensure that the name and address of the responsible person appears on each page.

For example, an appropriate place to include authorisation on a website would be on a footer, or on ‘Facebook’ at the end of a post that contains electoral matter.

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