Registered Political Parties in WA

The Commission currently has seven registered political parties in Western Australia:

Registered Name Ballot Paper Abbreviation
Australian Christians (WA) Australian Christians
Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch) WA Labor
Family First Party WA Family First
National Party of Australia (WA) Inc THE NATIONALS
Shooters and Fishers Party (WA) Inc Shooters and Fishers
The Greens (WA) Inc The Greens (WA)

The Liberal Party of Australia
(Western Australian Division) Inc

Liberal Party

Policy information about the political parties is not supplied by the Commission, but may be available from the political parties directly.

Registering a political party

Political parties are eligible for registration if they have at least 500 members who are electors and have a constitution that specifies as one of its objects or activities the promotion of the election to the Parliament of the State of a candidate or endorsed candidates. Members may include members of related parties when one is part of the other or both are parts of the same political party. Legislation for the registration of political parties is contained in Part IIIA of the Electoral Act 1907.

For detailed information regarding the registration of new political parties, see registering a political party guidelines (PDF, 66 kB).

Names of political parties

The name must not:

  • contain more than 6 words
  • be obscene or offensive
  • be an existing party name or nearly resemble a party name
  • be a public body name, or nearly resemble a public body name
  • include the words "royal" or "independent"
  • otherwise cause confusion if registered.

Applications for registration

An application for registration is to be submitted by the secretary of the party to the Electoral Commissioner, and include:

  • the name of the political party
  • an abbreviation of the party name for use on ballot papers, if applicable
  • the name and address of the secretary
  • the names and addresses of at least 500 members who are electors
  • a copy of the party's constitution
  • any other prescribed information.

Applications for registration will be determined in the order in which they are received.

Forms

Registering a political party guidelines (PDF, 66 kB)

FD 13 – Application to register a political party (PDF, 30 kB)

FD 14 – Statement of political party membership (PDF, 27 kB)

Cancellations of Registered Parties

The Electoral Commissioner may cancel the registration of a political party at the request of the secretary or for any of the following reasons:

  • the party no longer exists
  • it is not a parliamentary party and does not have at least 500 members who are electors
  • a registered party has failed to endorse a candidate in a general election subsequent to registration
  • registration was obtained by fraud or misrepresentation
  • a return required under Part VI (political finance) by the agent for that party has been outstanding more than twelve months.

Review of decisions

Any person affected by the Electoral Commissioner's decision on registration, refusal of registration, cancellation of a registration or amendment of registration may apply in writing to the Supreme Court for a review of the decision within one month.

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