Donations to candidates or groups

This information is for donors who have made a donation to a candidate or member of a group.

For more information, refer to Part 13A of the Electoral Act 1985 External link.

Who was the recipient?

A gift or loan made to a member of a group is taken to be a gift or loan to the group if it was made for the benefit of all members of the group (section 130A(5)(a)).

A gift or loan made to:

  • an endorsed candidate who is not a member of a group, or
  • a group all of whose members are endorsed by the same registered political party,

is taken to be a gift or loan to the party (sections 130A(5)(b) and (c)). For more information about donating to a party, visit our Donations to relevant entities page.

What must be disclosed

A person who makes a gift or loan with an amount or value totalling more than $5,000 (indexed) to a candidate or member of a group during a disclosure period must lodge a donor return with the Electoral Commissioner.

This does not apply to gifts or loans made by:

  • A registered political party.
  • An associated entity.
  • A candidate.

The information which must be provided in a donor return includes:

  • The amount or value of the gift or loan.
  • The date on which it was made.
  • Any other details prescribed by the regulations.

Refer to section 130ZG for further information.

A donor must also report any gifts or loans of more than $5,000 (indexed) received by them and used wholly or partly to enable them to make the disclosable gift or loan or to reimburse them for making such a gift or loan (section 130ZG(3)).

Reporting timeframes

If the gift or loan was made outside the designated period (see glossary), then it must be reported within 30 days of the start of the designated period.

If the gift or loan was made during the designated period, then it must be reported at the end of the designated period (section 130ZG(4)).

Donor return form

Please visit our Funding and disclosure forms page to download the form.

Offences

Failing to lodge a return within the legislated timeframe is an offence for which the maximum penalty is $5,000.

Lodging a return which a person knows is false or misleading in a material particular is an offence for which the maximum penalty is $10,000.

For more information, refer to section 130ZZE.