Annual returns provide financial information, such as donations and expenditure, for a financial year. (Election returns provide financial information related to federal elections.)
The Annual returns summary provides an overview of who must lodge an annual return, whether registration is required and how to find more information.
Registered political parties and their state and territory branches, significant third parties, and associated entities must lodge an annual return by 20 October each year.
MPs and senators who receive one or more gifts for federal purposes must lodge an annual return by 17 November each year.
Third parties that incur electoral expenditure above the disclosure threshold must lodge an annual return by 17 November each year.
Annual donors must lodge an annual return by 17 November each year.
Each of the pages below includes a description, who lodges the annual return, what is required to be disclosed and detailed guidance.
Annual returns can be lodged through the eReturns portal.
To use eReturns you need a username and password.
Go to Lodge a financial disclosure return for more information.
The AEC is required to publish annual returns on the Transparency Register. Go to the Transparency Register to see published returns.
Annual returns are published on the first working day in February each year.
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