Legislative Council elections 2021
This 2021 edition of the information booklet is designed to assist intending candidates for Tasmanian Legislative Council elections.
Nominations have closed.
Candidates can be nominated in 2 ways:
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.
The party nomination form enables a registered party to nominate its candidate for a division.
Nominations can be received after the writ is issued (6pm Monday 22 March 2021).
It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that the nomination form and the $400 deposit are received by the returning officer before the close of nominations 12 noon Wednesday 31 March 2021.
A party nomination form can be lodged with either the returning officer or the Electoral Commissioner during the nomination period.
Individual and party nominations:
Party nominations only:
Electoral Commissioner: Andrew Hawkey
Office: Tasmanian Electoral Commission, Level 3, 169 Main Road, Moonah
Phone: (03) 6208 8700
Free call: 1800 801 701
For the 2021 Legislative Council elections, the reporting period for candidate expenditure began on Friday 1 January 2021.
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 2021 elections is $18,000.
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 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 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.
The Electoral Act 2004 and other up-to-date Tasmanian Acts and Regulations can be accessed at Tasmania's consolidated legislation online.
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