Section 130ZR of the Electoral Act 1985 requires any person who has incurred political expenditure of more than $5,510 during the financial year 1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021 to lodge an Annual Political Expenditure Return. The return must be lodged by Wednesday 22 September 2021.

Nil returns do not need to be lodged.

The Annual Political Expenditure Return should be lodged via the Funding and Disclosure Portal.


  1. Members of the South Australian Parliament and the Crown are excluded from the requirement to lodge this return.
  2. The lodgement obligation extends to any person incurring political expenditure over the threshold. A ‘person’ also includes an unincorporated association (see section 130A).
  3. Expenditure on Federal or local government campaigning is not considered ‘political expenditure’ under the scheme.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Funding, Disclosure & Registration Branch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 08 7424 7400.