Associated entities

Updated: 27 July 2021

Entities are required to register as an associated entity when:

  • the entity is controlled by one or more registered political parties; or
  • the entity operates wholly or to a significant extent for the benefit of one or more registered political parties; or
  • the entity is a financial member of a registered political party; or
  • another person is a financial member of a registered political party on behalf of the entity; or
  • the entity has voting rights in a registered political party; or
  • another person has voting rights in a registered political party on behalf of the entity.

Examples of associated entities include '500 clubs', 'think tanks', registered clubs, service companies, trade unions and corporate party members.

Associated entities are required to lodge an Associated Entity Disclosure Return by 20 October each year.

Financial Disclosure Guide for Associated Entities

The Financial Disclosure Guide for Associated Entities is designed to assist associated entities to understand their financial disclosure obligations under the provisions of Part XX of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Electoral Act).

The guide provides information derived from the Electoral Act as well as from the experiences of the AEC in the administration of the Commonwealth funding and disclosure scheme.

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