Candidates

Established as an independent party from the common-sense political centre, we aim to secure an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia.

To meet our aims, we have developed a comprehensive policy platform, including the following policy priorities:

  • Secure jobs
  • Affordable housing
  • Better planning
  • A sustainable environment and population

We are federally registered (for federal elections and by-elections), and also registered for State/Territory elections in the ACT and NSW. In June/July 2018 we will register for VIC State elections, followed by other states in 2019+.

Electorates

As of May 2018, we are calling for nominations for the following federal and state electorates:

> Federal by-elections (date TBC in June/July 2018):

  • Braddon (TAS)
  • Fremantle (WA)
  • Longman (QLD)
  • Mayo (SA)
  • Perth (WA)

See: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/may/14/super-saturday-byelections-analysis-five-hot-spots-trends

NB: These by-elections will mainly be a party brand awareness exercise (through the ballot paper and online media) with limited campaign activity. We encourage interested federal Senate candidates to enquire about the by-election in your state, even if you do not live in that local area (electorate).

> Federal election (date TBC in 2018/19)

  • House of Representatives - all states and territories
  • Senate - all states and territories

See: https://electorate.aec.gov.au/

> Victorian election (24 November 2018)

  • Legislative Assembly
  • Legislative Council

See: https://intmap.vec.vic.gov.au/#/ElectorateLookup

> NSW Election (23 March 2019)

  • Legislative Assembly
  • Legislative Council

See: http://streetlist.elections.nsw.gov.au/


Application process

Successful candidates must be federal members of our party and demonstrate:

  • A commitment to our party core values: CLICK HERE
  • A full understanding of our key messages and current (20+) policy suite: CLICK HERE

We also regard the following criteria as relevant:

  • A demonstrated commitment to the party, including involvement in our grassroots campaign activities and monthly meet-ups
  • A full understanding of our policies, particularly our four key policy priorities
  • Strong interpersonal and public communication skills
  • The ability and discipline to communicate our key messages
  • Local, state and/or national community involvement and/or profile
  • Residence in, and/or a strong connection to, the electorate
  • A positive and constructive attitude
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • A record of integrity and reliability
  • Fundraising capacity including nomination fees

Application

To express interest in candidature, please contact us by email through our website 'Contact Us' page. In your initial contact, please nominate your State and/or Federal electorate preference(s) and summarise in under 200 words why you would be an appropriate candidate to represent Sustainable Australia. This initial review with our follow-up communication will determine whether you will progress to receiving our official application form.

You must be a member of our party (and no other party) before receiving the application form. Join here.

Minor parties require funding from candidates to help cover costs (Note: Some minor parties charge $1000 application fee and $20,000 in campaign costs).

Candidates are expected to contribute financially as follows:

  • Nomination application fee - $250
  • Election nomination fees (e.g. $100-$1000 for State/Territory upper and lower house seats, $1000 for federal lower house seats, $2,000 for federal Senate)
  • Campaign costs (minimum $1,500 for a basic package including design, printing, flyers, signage, t-shirts)

Fundraising is an important political skill. Potential candidates can either self-fund, or seek funding online ('go fund me' website, social media, etc), family, friends, etc.

Candidates that achieve a primary vote of 4 per cent or more will have their nomination fee refunded.

Contact Us: CLICK HERE