Transparency Register

Overview

The Transparency Register contains information about political parties, significant third parties (previously political campaigners), associated entities, third parties, members of the House of Representatives (MPs), Senators, candidates, Senate groups, and donors registered with or recognised by the AEC.

2020-21 newly registered significant third parties and associated entities

Legislative changes introduced on 13 December 2021 impacted newly registered significant third parties and some associated entities. The 2020-21 annual returns for these newly registered significant third parties and associated entities are located on the AEC’s Transparency Register below at 2020-21 newly registered.

The AEC is required to publish on the Transparency Register specific details relevant to each entity. In summary, the Transparency Register includes annual returns, election returns, enforceable undertakings and election funding claims as shown in this chart.

  Annual returns
(requirement)
Election returns
(requirement)
Enforceable undertakings
(if applicable)
Election funding claims
(if applicable)
Political parties Yes   Yes Yes
Significant third parties Yes   Yes  
Associated entities Yes   Yes  
Third parties Yes   Yes  
MPs Yes   Yes  
Senators Yes   Yes  
Candidates   Yes Yes Yes
Senate groups   Yes Yes Yes
Donors Yes Yes Yes  

Annual returns

The AEC is required to publish annual returns by political parties, significant third parties, associated entities, third parties, MPs, Senators and donors before the end of the first business day in February each year after the return is provided.

Annual returns for the following financial years are available on the Transparency Register:

 

Financial year

Political parties

from 1998-99

Political campaigners

from 2018-19 to 2020-21

Significant third parties*

from 2020-21

Associated entities*

from 1998-99

Third parties

from 2006-07

MPs**

from 2020-21

Senators**

from 2020-21

Donors

from 1998-99

* Annual returns 2020-21 of newly registered significant third parties and some associated entities will be published from 1 February 2022 (depending on the date of registration) and are located on the AEC’s Transparency Register below at 2020-21 newly registered.

** MPs and Senators annual returns 2020-21 will be published on 1 March 2022.

Each of the registers below provides links to the most recent annual return. The annual return register for political parties also includes links to the Register of Political Parties.

2020-21 newly registered

Legislative changes introduced on 13 December 2021 impacted newly registered significant third parties and some associated entities. The 2020-21 annual returns for these newly registered significant third parties and associated entities will be available below.

  • Significant third parties newly registered (from 1 February 2022)
  • Associated entities newly registered (from 1 February 2022)

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

Election returns

The AEC is required to publish federal election returns by candidates, Senate groups and donors before the end of 24 weeks after polling day.

All candidate and Senate group returns from the 1996 federal election onwards and donor returns from the 2007 federal election onwards are available on the Transparency Register.

By-election returns prior to 2014 can be accessed on the By-election & supplementary election disclosure returns page.

Enforceable undertakings

An enforceable undertaking is a legally binding agreement that may be entered into to resolve non-compliance or improve compliance with Part XX of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918. Enforceable undertakings are designed to secure effective remedies to address non-compliance without the need for court proceedings or as an alternative to civil penalties.

Name of party

Date of acceptance

Legislative provisions

Enforceable undertaking

Senator Pauline Hanson as party agent for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation

15 June 2021

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 – Section 317(1)

Pauline Lee Hanson – Enforceable undertaking [PDF - 802KB]

Ms Kim Swanson 3 March 2021 Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 – Sections 304 and 309 Kim Swanson – Enforceable undertaking [PDF - 369KB]
Mr Christopher James 26 February 2021 Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 – Sections 304 and 309 Christopher James – Enforceable undertaking [PDF - 389KB]

Mr Tony Pecora

10 February 2021

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 – Sections 304 and 309

Tony Pecora – Enforceable undertaking [PDF - 378KB]

Election funding claims

The AEC is required to publish election funding determinations on the Transparency Register as soon as reasonably practicable after making the determination. The register below provides links to election funding determinations:

Significant third party and associated entity registration

Significant third parties and associated entities must be registered with the AEC within 90 days of becoming required to register and must maintain up to date records.

For further information on registration requirements, updating details and deregistration see Significant third party and associated entity registration.

Updated: 18 January 2022
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