Donors

Updated: 6 July 2016

Political donors are people or organisations (other than registered political parties, associated entities, candidates and members of a Senate group in an election) who make donations to:

  • registered political parties or the State branch of a registered political party
  • * any person or body with the intention of benefiting a particular registered political party or the State branch of a registered political party
  • a candidate or a member of a Senate group during the disclosure period in relation to an election (including by-elections).

* If a donation is made to an Associated Entity with the intention of benefiting a particular political party, it is considered to be made to that political party.

Subject to the disclosure threshold, donors must lodge an annual Donor to Political Party Return by 17 November each year.

Subject to the disclosure threshold, donors to candidates or members of a Senate group must lodge an Election Donor Return with the AEC before the end of 15 weeks after the polling day for the election.

Financial Disclosure Guide for Election Donors

The Financial Disclosure Guide for Election Donors aims to assist donors to candidates and/or Senate groups meet their financial disclosure obligations under the funding and disclosure requirements of Part XX of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Act).

Financial Disclosure Guide for Donors to Political Parties

The Financial Disclosure Guide for Donors to Political Parties aims to assist political donors meet their financial disclosure obligations under the funding and disclosure requirements of Part XX of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Act).

This guide provides information about donations to a political party or parties rather than to an individual candidate or Senate group in an election.

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