Disclosing donations to candidates or groups

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

What must be disclosed

Any 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 provide that information to the Electoral Commissioner.

This does not apply to gifts or loans made by:

  • a registered political party
  • an associated entity
  • a candidate in an election
  • a member of a group.

The information provided must include:

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

Refer to section 130ZG of the Electoral Act 1985 for further information.

A person 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 gifts or loans to a candidate or member of a group or reimburse them for making a gift or loan (section 130ZG(3)).

Timeframes for disclosure

If the gift was made between the start of the disclosure period and the start of the designated period (see Glossary), then it must be reported within 30 days of the start of the designated period. If the gift was made during the designated period, then it must be reported at the end of the designated period (section 130ZG(4) of the Electoral Act 1985).

The disclosure period starts at the end of 30 days after polling day for the last preceding general election and ends 30 days after polling day for the next general election.

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