Disclosure returns lodged with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) by candidates following the 2017 Bennelong by‑election held on Saturday 16 December 2017 have been released for public inspection.
The election disclosure returns are now available to view on the AEC website at http://electiondisclosures.aec.gov.au/.
The returns cover receipts and expenditure by candidates who contested the 2017 Bennelong by‑election. All 12 candidates who contested the Bennelong by‑election have lodged returns and 7 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 2017–18 lodged by the party.
Party financial disclosure returns for the 2017–18 financial year will be available for public inspection on Friday 1 February 2019.
Editor’s notes: The disclosure requirements for elections are outlined below
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 $13,500 from a single source. Totals of electoral expenditure under specified categories are also required.
Officially endorsed candidates may submit a 'nil return' and roll their reporting into the annual return for their party, if those financial transactions were the responsibility of a party committee.
Donations received and expenditure incurred by candidates' campaign committees will be disclosed in their party annual returns, due for public release on the first working day in February 2019.
Donations totalling more than $13,500 made to an individual candidate, and donations received by a donor totalling more than $13,500 from a single source that were used in turn to fund donations to an individual candidate must be reported by the donor.
Further information about disclosure requirements is available on the AEC website at http://www.aec.gov.au/Parties_and_Representatives/financial_disclosure/index.htm.