2015-16 annual financial disclosure returns published today

Updated: 1 February 2017

The 2015–16 annual financial disclosure returns from political parties, associated entities, donors and third parties who incur political expenditure are now available for public inspection.

The annual returns are available at http://periodicdisclosures.aec.gov.au/. This webpage provides images of the original returns, some analysis and a data export function to enable users to undertake additional analysis of data.

The total figures disclosed in the 2015–16 annual returns are provided in a high level summary below, together with a breakdown showing the total amounts disclosed by the major party groups.

Editor's notes:

  • The disclosure scheme requires candidates, registered political parties, their State Branches, local branches, associated entities and donors to lodge annual financial disclosure returns with the AEC.
  • The disclosure threshold for the 2015–16 financial year returns was 'more than $13,000'. The threshold is indexed on 1 July each year.
  • The disclosure period covers 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. Any transactions made after 30 June 2016, should be disclosed in the 2016–17 annual disclosure return. This includes transactions that may have related to the federal election held on 2 July 2016.
  • Further information on the financial disclosure scheme is available at http://www.aec.gov.au/Parties_and_Representatives/index.htm.

High level summary of 2015–16 financial disclosure returns

Notes:

  • The 2013 federal election and the 2014 WA Senate election were both held in the 2013–14 financial year.
  • The 2016 federal election period largely occurred during the 2015–16 financial year.
Political Parties
Party Group Receipts 2013–14
$
Receipts 2014–15
$
Receipts 2015–16
$
Payments 2013–14
$
Payments 2014–15
$
Payments 2015–16
$
Debts 2013–14
$
Debts 2014–15
$
Debts 2015–16
$
ALP 76,399,050 65,711,998 60,973,958 79,298,540 63,529,744 49,136,883 3,451,283 8,704,773 36,335,679
Liberal 125,167,320 75,662,060 80,163,678 128,717,819 79,956,857 66,728,474 10,898,003 17,682,987 34,592,859
Nationals 12,360,048 11,166,507 14,470,832 12,324,457 12,211,550 10,424,718 1,299,195 3,060,160 3,788,200
Greens 21,567,857 9,366,912 15,914,547 20,019,956 12,111,702 14,502,922 549,184 1,193,556 4,163,338
NXT 1,029,651 213,961 1,103,317 975,270 172,398 678,791 18,253 55,572 810,487
One Nation 23,308 11,487 333,198 48,424 11,151 294,870 0 0 190,000
Others 42,318,755 16,461,985 15,089,263 40,640,683 16,546,097 14,556,694 1,635,835 1,219,908 3,115,787
Total 278,865,989 178,594,910 188,048,793 282,025,149 184,539,499 156,323,352 17,851,753 31,916,956 82,996,350
Associated Entity Returns
Receipts
2013–14
$
Receipts
2014–15
$
Receipts
2015–16
$
Payments
2013–14
$
Payments
2014–15
$
Payments
2015–16
$
Debts
2013–14
$
Debts
2014–15
$
Debts
2015–16
$
840,805,302 842,745,834 900,729,728 795,028,556 828,956,924 863,561,150 107,935,612 100,681,613 109,928,805
Donor Returns
2013–14
$
2014–15
$
2015–16
$
56,794,082 23,943,777 27,791,937
Political Expenditure Returns
2013–14
$
2014–15
$
2015–16
$
23,703,999 14,875,252 37,328,787

*Note: receipts include 'gifts' (donations) and other receipts such as returns on investments or sales of assets. Parties and associated entities are asked to distinguish between 'gifts' and other receipts in their returns.