Financial disclosure

Legislative changes to financial disclosure

On 13 December 2021, the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Annual Disclosure Equality) Act 2021 and Electoral Legislation Amendment (Political Campaigners) Act 2021 received Royal Assent.

Further information is available on the Financial disclosure legislative changes page.

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, political parties, significant third parties, associated entities, third parties, senators, members of the House of Representatives, candidates, senate groups 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.

Updates to AEC financial disclosure information

As a result of the changes in the Annual Disclosure Equality Act and the Political Campaigners Act, financial disclosure information is being updated. Changes will be made to a significant volume of financial disclosure webpages, guides and forms. Please review the AEC financial disclosure webpages for future updates.

Transparency Register

The Transparency Register contains information about political parties, significant third parties, associated entities, third parties, senators, members of the House of Representatives, candidates, senate groups and donors 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

Publications

Contact us

Email: fad@aec.gov.au

Phone: 02 6271 4552

Post:  Funding and Disclosure
Australian Electoral Commission

Locked Bag 4007

Canberra ACT 2601

Updated: 14 December 2021