The Commonwealth financial disclosure scheme (disclosure scheme) was introduced to increase overall transparency in relation to election funding by informing the public about the financial dealings of political parties, candidates and others involved in the electoral process.
The disclosure scheme requires candidates, registered political parties, their state branches, associated entities, donors and other participants in the electoral process to lodge annual or election financial disclosure returns with the AEC.
To ensure transparency the AEC must ensure that full disclosure is achieved. To assist the AEC in identifying possible breaches of the disclosure provisions you should contact us if you are aware of a person or entity that:
It is also a breach of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Act) to discriminate against a person who made a donation to a political party, a state branch of a political party or a candidate.
If you have knowledge of any activity that might constitute a suspected breach of the disclosure provisions of the Act we need your information and you are encouraged to report things we might not know about. You can report any suspected breach by:
You need to give us as much information as you can, as we may not be able to contact you again for more details (if you have chosen not to provide contact details)
The type of information that will assist us with our inquiries is:
The AEC will assess all information it receives in relation to a possible breach of the Commonwealth financial disclosure provisions as set out in Part XX of the Act.
The action the AEC will take will depend on whether there is sufficient evidence of a breach having occurred. The AEC may monitor the party, entity or person's ongoing compliance with their disclosure obligations, request information from the party, entity or person who appears to be in breach or a third party who may be able to provide assistance, evidence or information to assist the AEC inquiries.
So as not to prejudice any possible outcomes the AEC will not provide you with any details of inquiries or investigation that it undertakes in relation to a possible breach of the disclosure. If, however, the AEC conducts a formal investigation the results of the investigation may be made available on the AEC's website at the conclusion of the investigation.
The disclosure scheme was introduced to increase overall transparency and inform the public about the financial dealings of political parties, candidates and others involved in the electoral process.
The AEC will only conduct an investigation if there appears to be a breach of the disclosure provisions and we have not been able to encourage voluntary compliance.
Yes. However this may limit our ability to investigate your report to us, particularly where we need to seek further clarification or information from you and we cannot do so.
The disclosure scheme is aimed at providing transparency about where a political party, candidate or third party (a person or entity that incurs political expenditure) receives their funding. Any information the AEC receives assists us in ensuring that any person who with an obligation to disclosure financial transactions meets their obligations. If the AEC is not able to achieve voluntary compliance, your information or evidence may assist in any enforcement action required to achieve compliance.