Glossary

The description of the terms in this glossary are for your quick reference only. This glossary is not to be substituted for the formal definitions found within the legislation. Refer to Part 13A of the Electoral Act 1985 External link.

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Administrative expenditure

Any expenditure related to the administration and operation of a registered political party.

Agent

An agent is a person who represents a registered political party, Member of Parliament, candidate, group of candidates, or third party. An agent ensures that whoever they represent fulfils their obligations under Part 13A of the Electoral Act 1985.

An agent must be a natural person who has attained 18 years of age. A person is ineligible to be an agent if they have been convicted of an offence prescribed by section 130G(3) of the Electoral Act 1985.

For more information about how agents are appointed, see our Appointing an agent page.

Associated entity

An associated entity is defined under section 130A of the Electoral Act 1985 as an entity that has any of the following types of relationships with a registered political party:

  • It is controlled by one or more registered political parties.
  • It operates to a significant extent for the benefit of one or more registered political parties.
  • It is a financial member of, or on whose behalf another person is a financial member of, a registered political party.
  • It has voting rights in, or on whose behalf another person has voting rights in, a registered political party.

Candidate

Not a new candidate

You are not a new candidate if you have been a candidate in a previous election for:

  • the House of Assembly any time in the past five years or
  • the Legislative Council any time in the past nine years.

New candidate

If you have been a candidate before, but not in the past five years for the House of Assembly, and not in the past nine years for the Legislative Council, you are a new candidate according to section 130ZF(5)(b) of the Electoral Act 1985.

If you have never previously nominated for election to the Parliament of South Australia, you are a new candidate.

Capped expenditure period

For a general election, the capped expenditure period starts on 1 July the year before an election, and ends 30 days after polling day.

For all other elections, the capped expenditure period starts on the day the vacancy is announced by, or on behalf of, the Speaker in the House of Assembly and ends 30 days after polling day.

Designated period

For a general election, the designated period starts on 1 January in an election year and ends 30 days after polling day.

For all other elections, the designated period starts on the day the vacancy is announced by, or on behalf of, the Speaker in the House of Assembly, and ends 30 days after polling day for that election.

Financial member

A person who pays an annual subscription to a party, or is treated by a party as a financial member.

Gift

Any disposition of property, including the provision of a service, made by a person to another person for inadequate or no consideration. A gift does not include:

  • a membership subscription paid by a person to a political party, or
  • a compulsory levy paid to a political party, or
  • a public election funding or special assistance funding payment under Division 4 or 5 of Part 13A of the Electoral Act 1985, or
  • a disposition of a kind prescribed by the Electoral Act 1985 or Electoral Regulations.

For more information on the definition of a gift, see section 130A of the Electoral Act 1985.

Group

Two or more candidates in a Legislative Council election who have applied to have their names grouped together on the ballot paper under section 58 of the Electoral Act 1985.

Political expenditure

Expenditure incurred for the public expression of views on a political party, or a candidate, or an issue in an election. Includes:

  • the production of political material
  • opinion polling
  • research relating to an election.

Relevant entity

A relevant entity is any of the following:

  • a registered political party
  • an associated entity
  • a third party.

For more information, refer to section 130A of the Electoral Act 1985.

State campaign account

A separate account maintained for State electoral purposes under Part 13A of the Electoral Act 1985. The Act prescribes the monies that must be paid into and out of the account.

Third party

A person who intends to, or does in fact, spend more than $10,000 during the designated period in relation to an election, excluding the following:

  • Members of Parliament,
  • the Crown,
  • registered political parties,
  • candidates or groups in an election,
  • those in broadcasting services,
  • publishers of journals.

For more information on the definition of a third party, see section 130A of the Electoral Act 1985.