Campaign advertising and authorisation

Candidates, political parties, commentators, publishers, broadcasters and the media are advised to familiarise themselves with the electoral offences listed in the Electoral Act 2004.

The information provided about campaigning and advertising offences is a guide only. Alleged offences under the Electoral Act are assessed on a case-by-case basis and, ultimately, it is for the courts to decide in any particular case. Accordingly, if you are in doubt about the interpretation of the law in particular circumstances, you should seek independent legal advice.

All campaign material and electoral matter must clearly state the name and full street address, including suburb or locality, of the person authorising the publication or distribution. The use of a post office box is not permitted. Requirements for authorisation also apply to broadcasters, newspapers and printers of electoral matter. Electoral advertisements outside of an election period should also be authorised.

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Financial disclosure

All candidates have a financial disclosure obligation after the election. Candidates must lodge a financial disclosure return even when no donations were received or expenditure incurred. In this case 'nil' returns must be lodged.

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Candidates must submit, at the time of nomination, a deposit which shall be retained until the result of the election is known. The deposit of $500 can be in cash or by electronic transfer. A personal cheque is not acceptable.

A candidate is entitled to have this deposit returned in full if he or she:

  • is returned as elected
  • obtains a total number of first preference votes which is more than one-fifth of the total of the first preference votes received by the elected candidate
  • withdraws his or her consent to nomination before 12:00 noon on the day nominations close.


Nominations can only be lodged after the issue of the writ and before 12:00 noon on the day nominations close.

A nomination form, deposit and photo may be

If completed nomination forms are emailed you can also include your photo (i.e. jpeg, png etc); however, you must remember to forward the endorsement stating your full name and a statement certifying that the photograph was taken within six months before lodgement. Arrangements to pay your nomination fee can be made by calling 1800 698 683.

Note: Nominees are strongly advised to confirm receipt of a nomination if not delivered in person.

Nomination form - endorsed candidate

PDF document iconNomination form - independent candidate (not endorsed by a political party)


A candidate can be nominated by:

  • six electors entitled to vote at the election in the division the candidate wishes to contest; or
  • the registered officer of a registered political party.


Regulation 3 of the Electoral Regulations provides that a nominee's photograph shall:

(a) be a black and white, full faced vertical portrait of the nominee's head and shoulders

(b) have been taken within six months before lodgement of the nominee's nomination

(c) have endorsed on the reverse side, the nominee's full name and a statement signed by the nominee certifying that the photograph was taken within six months before lodgement.

The Electoral Commissioner may, at his discretion, accept a photograph which does not comply with the prescribed requirements. Photos may be lodged electronically, e.g. jpg format. If lodged electronically, ensure that a copy of the statement verifying that the photo has been taken within the last six months is included in material sent and check that the photo has been received.

Withdrawal of nomination

A candidate may withdraw from election by giving notice, in writing, on the approved form to the Commission before 12:00 noon on the day nominations close.

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PDF document iconWithdrawal of nomination

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Qualifications for election

Candidates must be qualified for election as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in accordance with Part III, Division 2, section 20 of the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978.

Qualifications for election

A person is qualified to be a candidate for election as a member of the Legislative Assembly if, at the date of nomination:

  • he or she is an Australian citizen
  • he or she has attained the age of 18 years
  • he or she is entitled, or qualified to become entitled, to vote at elections of members of the Legislative Assembly
  • he or she has bee resident within the Commonwealth for at least six months and within the Territory for at least three months

Disqualifications for membership of Legislative Assembly

(1) A person is not qualified to be a candidate for election as a member of the Legislative Assembly if, at the date of nomination:

  • he or she
    • holds an office or appointment (other than a prescribed office or appointment) under the law of the Commonwealth or a law of a State or Territory, or
    • not being the holder of any office or appointment under such a law, is employed by the Commonwealth, by a State or Territory or by a body corporate established for a public purpose by such a law

    and he or she is entitled to any remuneration or allowance (other than reimbursement of expenses reasonably incurred) in respect to that office, appointment or employment

  • he or she is an undischarged bankrupt, or
  • he or she has been convicted and is under sentence of imprisonment for one year or longer for an offence against the law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory.

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Candidate handbook

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Candidates may appoint scrutineers to observe in the voting centre and be present during the determination of the election results. Scrutineers must complete and present their appointment forms to the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the voting centre or scrutiny centre who will check that the form is properly completed. Scrutineers are required to sign an undertaking that they will not attempt to influence the vote of any elector or disclose knowledge officially acquired concerning the vote of an elector.


Scrutineer appointment form

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Candidate handbook