A significant third party is a person or entity (other than a political entity, a member of the House of Representatives or a Senator) whose:
Electoral expenditure refers to expenditure incurred for the dominant purpose of creating or communicating electoral matter. Further details on electoral expenditure can be found at the Electoral Expenditure and Electoral Matter fact sheet.
A person or entity that meets the definition of a significant third party must register with the AEC before the end of 90 days after becoming required to be registered.
A person or entity that is required to be registered as a significant third party for a financial year must not incur further electoral expenditure or fundraise any amounts for the purpose of incurring electoral expenditure in that financial year until they are registered.
A significant third party must appoint a financial controller at the time of registration, using the Application to register as a significant third party form.
A financial controller means:
The financial controller must meet the definition above and the following conditions:
The financial controller is responsible for lodging the annual return.
Yes, not registering as a significant third party will incur a civil penalty whichever is the higher of the following amounts:
The significant third party and financial controller’s names will be included in the Transparency Register.
Significant third parties are required to update registration details via the Change to Transparency Register form within 90 days of the change occurring. Details listed on the Transparency Register are otherwise accepted as correct until proven otherwise.
A change to the register must be on an approved form:
Use this form to change the financial controller, update entity name or contact details and related organisations/branches.
A person or entity that is registered as a significant third party may apply to the Electoral Commissioner to be deregistered.
Note: an application to deregister should only be made by a significant third party that is no longer required to be registered.
An application to deregister must be made via the approved form:
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