Any person wanting to become a candidate for a Legislative Assembly election must lodge a correctly completed nomination form after the close of the roll and before the close of nominations.

Independent candidates (not endorsed by any registered political party) must ensure they lodge their form by the deadline. Candidates endorsed by a political party may have the form lodged by the registered political party officer.

The Writ is issued 20 days before election day, the rolls close 2 days after the Writ is issued and nominations close at 12 noon sharp 4 days after the Writ is issued.

The declaration of nominations takes place soon after nominations close. If more candidates are nominated than there are vacancies, the draw for positions on ballot papers then takes place.



The candidate can be nominated by:
  • 6 electors entitled to vote at the election in the division for which the person is being nominated OR
  • the registered officer of a registered political party nominating the person as a party candidate.

Nomination form

Correctly completed nomination forms must be lodged after the close of the roll and before the close of nominations. Forms must be lodged at the office of the returning officer in Darwin or Alice Springs.


A vertical portrait photograph of the head and shoulders of the candidate, taken within the last six months, must be submitted with the nomination form. The photograph must be endorsed on the back to certify it was taken in the last six months. 


Candidates must provide a deposit of $200 in cash or a bank cheque with their nomination form. The deposit will be refunded if the candidate:
  • is elected or
  • obtains more than one-fifth of the total of the 1st preference votes polled by the elected candidate

Campaign funding and disclosure

There is no legislative provision for funding for candidate campaigns.
Candidates are required to lodge a financial disclosure return after every election, even if they have nothing to declare.


Candidates may appoint persons to act as observers on their behalf during election day and the count of ballot papers.


A basic introduction to the requirements for campaigning e.g. authorization of campaign material and electoral matter and the responsibilities of electronic broadcasters, newspapers, candidates, registered political parties and their associated entities are provided in the candidates and parties section of the website.

Forms and publications

The following publications are available from this site: