Candidates must register financial interests

Candidates who accept a nomination for election to the Legislative Assembly are required to register their financial interests under the Register of Interests Law 1996.

Candidates are required to fill out the Registration Form for Declaration of Interests. All declarations should be submitted to the Office of the Clerk at the Legislative Assembly.

The main purpose of the law is to provide information on any financial interest or other material benefit which a member of the Legislative Assembly receives which might be thought to influence his or her actions, speeches or votes in the Legislative Assembly, or actions taken in his or her capacity as a member. Details of what information is required to be registered are included in the explanatory notes in each section of the form.

Where a person has made a declaration on the date of acceptance of a nomination as an election candidate, he/she shall not be required, if elected, to make a further declaration on the date that an oath of allegiance is made in accordance with section 44 of the Constitution.

However, if that person subsequently acquires a beneficial interest in property that is additional to that referred to in his/her declaration, a further declaration of interests is required to be made within 28 days of the acquisition.

Registration forms for the declaration of interests are available at the Legislative Assembly Building, Fort Street, George Town or from the government website at