Media release: 2015 Canning by-election financial disclosure returns published today

Updated: 7 March 2016

Disclosure returns lodged with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) by candidates following the 2015 Canning by-election held on Saturday 19 September 2015 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 2015 Canning by-election. All 12 candidates who contested the Canning by-election have lodged returns and of these, nine candidates lodged 'nil returns'.

Gifts received by a candidate's party committee will be included in the annual financial disclosure returns for 2015–16 lodged by the party. Expenditure on the election campaign will be included in the total expenditure for the party for the 2015–16 financial year.

Party financial disclosure returns for the 2015–16 financial year will be available for public inspection from the first working day in February 2017.

Disclosure requirements

Candidates

Candidates are required to disclose the total of all donations received and used to fund their campaign, along with details of donations received where those donations total more than $13 000 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, due for release in February 2017 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 2017.

Donors

Donations totalling more than $13 000 made to an individual candidate, and donations received by a donor totalling more than $13 000 from a single source that were used in turn to fund donations to an individual candidate must be reported by the donor.

Further information about disclosure requirements is available on the AEC website at http://www.aec.gov.au/Parties_and_Representatives/financial_disclosure/index.htm.