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Implementing new legislation
As well as changes to the nominations process, the AEC also implemented the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Modernisation and Other Measures) Act 2019, which included a number of technical electoral changes to further progress our modernisation journey and make the nominations checklist compulsory.
We implemented the new electoral advertisement and communication authorisation requirements in line with the Electoral and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017 and Commonwealth Electoral (Authorisation of Voter Communication) Determination 2018. These requirements will enhance transparency for voters and strengthen personal accountability for all communications.
In addition, the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Act 2018 represents one of the most significant changes to funding and disclosure legislation since the scheme was established in 1983. We prepared and updated guidance material to reflect the changes and undertook a range of communication activities to build awareness among all those with obligations under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.