Transparency Register

Updated: 17 October 2019

The Transparency Register contains information about political parties, candidates, Senate groups, political campaigners, associated entities, third parties and donors registered with or recognised by the AEC.

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 and election funding claims as shown in this chart.

Annual returns
Election returns
Election funding claims
(if applicable)
Political parties Yes Yes
Candidates Yes Yes
Senate groups Yes Yes
Political campaigners Yes
Associated entities Yes
Third parties Yes
Donors Yes Yes

Annual returns

The AEC is required to publish annual returns on the Transparency Register before the end of the first business day in February each year after the return is provided. 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.

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.

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:

Requirements for registration

Associated entities and political campaigners must be registered with the AEC within 90 days of becoming required to register and must maintain up to date records.

For further information see Who needs to register?.

Changes to the Transparency Register

Entities are required to make any changes to the register 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.

If you need assistance please email, or alternatively call the Funding and Disclosure help desk on (02) 6271 4552.

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