Records and evidence

This information is about keeping records and providing evidence. If this is not what you are looking for, visit our Funding and disclosure for State elections page to find information that is relevant to you.

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

Record keeping obligations

If you have a document that contains information relating to a matter that has been or should be set out in a return lodged with the Electoral Commissioner, you are required to retain those records for at least four years. The four year period starts on the day of the election to which the return relates.

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

Providing evidence

The Electoral Commissioner has powers to require persons to produce documents or appear at a specified time and place to provide evidence. The Electoral Commissioner will issue the person with a formal notice if the person is required to produce documents or give evidence. There is a $5,000 maximum penalty for failing to comply with a notice or providing false or misleading evidence.

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


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