Disclosure returns lodged with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) by candidates following the 2020 Eden-Monaro by-election held on Saturday, 4 July 2020 are now released for public inspection.
The election disclosure returns are now available to view on the AEC website at https://transparency.aec.gov.au/.
The returns cover receipts, electoral expenditure and discretionary benefits by candidates who contested the 2020 Eden-Monaro by-election. All 14 candidates who contested the Eden-Monaro by-election have lodged returns and eight candidates lodged nil returns.
Gifts received and any expenditure incurred by a candidate’s party committee will be included in the annual financial disclosure returns for 2020-21 lodged by the party.
Party financial disclosure returns for the 2020-21 financial year will be available for public inspection on Tuesday, 1 February 2022.
Candidates are required to disclose the total sum of all donations received and used to fund their campaign, along with details of donations received where those donations total more than $14,000 from a single source. Details of electoral expenditure and discretionary benefits are also required.
Officially endorsed candidates may submit a 'nil return' and roll their reporting into the annual return for their party, due for release in February 2022, if those financial transactions were the responsibility of a party committee.
Donations totalling more than $14,000 made to an individual candidate, and donations received by a donor totalling more than $14,000 from a single source that were used in turn to fund donations to an individual candidate must be reported by the donor.
Further information on the financial disclosure scheme can be found on the AEC website.