Introduction

Updated: 14 November 2011

Polling day for the last federal election was Saturday 21 August 2010.

This report is in accordance with ss.17(2) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Act), which requires the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to prepare a report, on the operation of Part XX (Election Funding and Financial Disclosure) of the Act, in regard to that election.

Additional information has been included on the operation of Part XI of the Act (Registration of political parties) due to the close relationship between party registration, election funding and financial disclosure.

A number of recommendations for legislative change have also been included throughout this report. The recommendations aim to clarify and support existing legislation as well as suggest new provisions to enhance the transparency and administration of the funding and disclosure scheme.

This report is presented for tabling in the Commonwealth of Australia Parliament. Copies are available free of charge from the AEC's National Office in Canberra or in electronic format from the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au

Data used to collate this report is current at 30 June 2011.