Maintain the Register of Political Parties in a way that meets the requirements of the Act and assists persons in making applications for party registration.
Registration of a political party under Part XI of the Electoral Act is not compulsory, but enables:
The AEC maintains the Register of Political Parties required by Part XI of the Act, including by:
Table 17 summarises the AEC's results against the performance information set out for party registrations in the 2010–11 Portfolio Budget Statements.
|Key performance indicators||Results|
|Party registration processed in accordance with legislation and the Party Register is updated in a timely manner.||Achieved. All applications were processed in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act and in a timely manner.|
Seven applications to register a political party, deregister a political party, change a registered name or seek a review of a delegate's decision were lodged in 2010–11. This was a decrease of 13 compared to the total lodged in 2009–10. The likely reasons for the decrease in the number of applications for new registration were:
When writs were issued for the 2010 federal election, the AEC was processing seven applications for party registration, which could not be finalised before the election. Of those applications:
When the processing of the applications was completed, after the return of the writs, four applications were successful and three were refused because the deficiencies in the applications had not been remedied by the parties. One party has applied for review of an AEC delegate's decision to refuse the party's application for registration. The review is yet to be determined by the three AEC Commissioners.
On 30 June 2011, the AEC carried over two applications to register a political party, to be finalised in 2011–12. On 22 June 2011, the AEC advertised applications for registration from Country Alliance and Katter's Australian Party. Persons or organisations who wished to object to the registration of either party had until 22 July 2011 to lodge an objection. The AEC will consider any objections lodged and finalise the two applications in 2011–12.
The most recent regular review of the eligibility of all registered political parties to remain on the federal register commenced in August 2009 and was completed in October 2010. The AEC had carried two matters over to the 2010–11 financial year, with the following outcomes:
The AEC will report in more detail on party registration matters between the 2007 and 2010 federal elections in its report under s.17(2) of the Act following the 2010 federal election. This report was being finalised at 30 June 2011 and will be tabled in parliament.
In 2010–11, the AEC received 18 applications to change the registered officer of a political party and processed 18. One application had been carried over from 2009–10 and one application received on 29 June 2011 was carried over to 2011–12.
The AEC also received 119 applications to change the records of other party officials, such as deputy registered officers and party secretaries. This figure includes 27 applications to change party and branch agents required for the funding and disclosure scheme, but processed and recorded as part of the party registration scheme.
The figures for 2010–11 are comparable with the 25 applications to change registered officers and 88 changes to other party officials received in 2009–10. The larger figure for other party officials is mainly a reflection of parties changing their deputy registered officers during nominations for the 2010 election.
The AEC publishes on its website:
During 2010–11, the AEC revised the Party registration guide and the forms available for applying for party registration, appointing party officials or changing a party's recorded details. The revisions make the information clearer and help participants to provide complete applications.