Websites

The printing and communications entitlements allows Senators and Members to establish and maintain websites provided that::

All printing and communications costs are met from the office budget. Website hosting for a period up to 12 months in advance may be paid for under the printing and communications entitlement. Domain name registration for a period up to 24 months in advance may also be paid for under the entitlement.

Progressive payments may be made for website development, redevelopment or design.

For advice on how to submit invoices relating to websites for payment, refer to the payment of invoices information. Please note that the URL to the website must be provided.

Can my website have a ‘join the party’ link or a ‘contribute to my campaign’ link, membership or subscription forms?

No, the printing and communications entitlement cannot be used to solicit subscriptions or other financial support for a member, political party or candidate, as these fall within the definition of ‘party business’. Senators and Members must ensure that a website that is established and/or maintained under the printing and communications entitlement contains no links or any other facilities that directly solicit membership of a political party or any other form of subscription or financial support for a Senator or Member, political party or candidate.

What about websites that are only partly funded using the printing and communications entitlement, and are partly funded from other funds - is it still required to comply?

Yes, even if a website is partially funded under the printing and communications entitlement, it still needs to comply with the parameters of the printing and communications entitlement.

Can my website contain a link to a political party website?

Yes, websites which are established and/or maintained under the printing and communications entitlement may contain a link to a political party website. However, websites cannot directly solicit memberships to a political party.

Can my website contain a party emblem?

Yes, websites which are established and/or maintained under the printing and communications entitlement may contain a party emblem.

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Last Modified: 9 October, 2015