Donors

Updated: 9 June 2021

Donors are people or entities (other than registered political parties, associated entities, candidates and members of a Senate group in an election) who make donations to:

  • a registered political party or a State branch of a registered political party
  • * any person or entity with the intention of benefiting a particular registered political party or a State branch of a registered political party
  • a political campaigner
  • a candidate or a member of a Senate group during the period that a person is a candidate or member of a Senate group in an election (including by-elections).

* If a donation is made to an associated entity with the intention of benefiting a particular political party, it is considered to be made to that political party.

Subject to the disclosure threshold, donors must lodge an annual Donor to Political Party and Political Campaigner Disclosure Return with the AEC by 17 November each year.

Subject to the disclosure threshold, donors to candidates or members of a Senate group must lodge an Election Donor Return with the AEC before the end of 15 weeks after the polling day for the election.

Financial Disclosure Guide for Donors to Political Parties and Political Campaigners

The Financial Disclosure Guide for Donors to Political Parties and Political Campaigners aims to assist donors meet their financial disclosure obligations under the funding and disclosure provisions of Part XX of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Electoral Act).

This guide provides information to donors to political parties or political campaigners rather than donors to an individual candidate or Senate group in an election.

Financial Disclosure Guide for Election Donors

The Financial Disclosure Guide for Election Donors aims to assist donors to candidates and Senate groups meet their financial disclosure obligations under the funding and disclosure provisions of Part XX of the Electoral Act.

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