Candidates and Parties

Key Dates for Candidates and Parties
Thursday 4 February 2021: Nominations open
Friday 12 February 2021: Nominations close (12pm) 

Nomination processes
State Government
Candidates may nominate for the Legislative Council or the Legislative Assembly after a writ for a State election is issued, up until the close of nominations. For more information, see Nominations.

Candidate Guides are Commission publications designed to assist candidates and registered political parties in understanding how the State election process works, from nominating through to counting the votes and declaring a result. They also outline the responsibilities of candidates throughout the election to comply with electoral legislation. The Commission aims to provide assistance to candidates, but is unable to provide legal advice.

Candidates Guide - Legislative Assembly  
Candidates Guide - Legislative Council
2021 State Election Returning Officers
COVID Safety Guidelines - Candidates, Political Parties, Scrutineers and Party Workers note: updated 10/2/2021

Local Government
Candidates nominating for a local government election can refer to Local Government Candidates for key information and assistance with successful nomination applications. The Candidate's Pack also includes useful guides produced by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

See the Election Rules.

Ballot papers
Ballot paper details are published following the close of nominations and once details have been proofed for each electoral district.

2021 State General Election polling places
See polling places here.