Broadcasters and publishers must lodge an election return after each Northern Territory Legislative Assembly election and by-election.

What is reported?

Broadcasters and publishers must lodge a return for each TV/ radio station listing:

  • Details of all electoral advertisement broadcast during a LA election,
  • Details of all electoral advertisements published during a LA election and by-election.

Reporting period/due date for lodgement

  • Returns are due 8 weeks after polling day, and
  • Returns are available for public inspection at NTEC offices and summaries on this website from the start of the twenty-fifth week after polling day.


  • The onus is on the person disclosing to get it right
  • A return is not required if the total for all advertisements broadcast or published is less than $1000
  • The return should show sufficient information regarding each ad placement to allow the NTEC to follow up for checking back against candidate and party returns
  • Disclosure amounts are inclusive of GST, and
  • Details of advertisements for parties or candidates broadcast or published at no charge or below commercial rates are regarded as donations and separate reporting is required – more information is available under financial disclosure – donors to parties and candidates.