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Election blackout periods

You cannot broadcast election ads on TV or radio during election blackout periods.

The blackout period

You cannot broadcast any election ads from the end of the Wednesday before polling day until the close of the poll on polling day. This rule applies to general elections and by-elections for the state, territory and federal Parliaments. It does not apply to local government elections.

The blackout period only applies to broadcasters. Online services and print media can still publish election ads during the blackout period.

Current blackout periods

We will only list information here on blackout periods for these elections:

  • federal, including by-elections
  • state
  • territory.
There are no current listings.

See your state or territory electoral commission for information on:

  • state by-elections
  • local government elections.
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