Members of the House of Representatives and Senators disclosure information

Updated: 29 June 2022

Legislative changes impacting members of the House of Representatives and Senators

On 13 December 2021, the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Annual Disclosure Equality) Act 2021 received Royal Assent. Some changes resulting from the Annual Disclosure Equality Act may require action from members of the House of Representatives (MPs) and Senators by 12 January 2022. Detailed information is available on the Financial disclosure legislative changes page.

Who lodges the annual return?

An MP or Senator who receives one or more gifts during a financial year that were made for federal purposes must lodge an annual disclosure return.

A federal purpose means the purpose of incurring electoral expenditure, or creating or communicating electoral matter.
The MP or Senator is responsible for lodging the annual return. However, an MP or Senator may authorise another person to provide the return on their behalf.

NOTE: If an MP or Senator did not receive any gifts during the financial year that were made for federal purposes, a return does not need to be provided.

What is required to be disclosed?

An MP or Senator must disclose the following information in the annual return:

  • the total value of donations received for federal purposes;
  • total number of donors; and
  • details of donations received that are more than the disclosure threshold.

Financial Disclosure Guide for MPs and Senators

The Financial Disclosure Guide for MPs and Senators is designed to assist MPs and Senators to understand their financial disclosure obligations under Part XX of the Electoral Act.

Lodging the annual return

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If a person becomes or ceases to be an MP or Senator during the financial year, the annual return must be provided in relation to the whole financial year.

NOTE: If an MP or Senator did not receive any gifts during the financial year that were made for federal purposes, a return does not need to be provided.

Record keeping

MPs and Senators should have adequate financial recording systems and procedures to enable the return, which will be publicly available, to be properly completed.

Relevant records must be retained for a minimum of 5 years following the end of the reporting period.

A person or entity who fails to comply with these requirements is subject to civil penalties.

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