Financial disclosure

The Commonwealth funding and disclosure scheme (the disclosure scheme) detailed under Part XX of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Electoral Act) 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 disclosure scheme requires candidates, Senate groups, political parties, political campaigners, associated entities, third parties and donors to lodge election or annual financial disclosure returns with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

The disclosure returns are then made available for public inspection.

Transparency Register

The Transparency Register contains information about political parties, associated entities, political campaigners, third parties, donors, candidates and Senate groups registered with or recognised by the AEC. The Transparency Register includes annual returns, election returns and election funding claims.

Financial disclosure guides

Lodging financial disclosure returns

eReturns portal


Contact us

Funding and Disclosure (FAD)
Australian Electoral Commission

Ph: 02 6271 4552
Fax: 02 6293 7655

10 Mort Street
Canberra ACT 2600
Locked Bag 4007
Canberra ACT 2601

Updated: 28 January 2021
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