2017-18 annual financial disclosure returns published today

Updated: 1 February 2019

The 2017-18 annual financial disclosure returns from political parties, associated entities, donors and third parties who incur political expenditure are now available for public inspection.

The annual returns are available at http://periodicdisclosures.aec.gov.au/. This webpage provides images of the original returns, some analysis and a data export function to enable users to undertake additional analysis of data.

Shortly after publication, the annual returns will also be accessible from the Transparency Register at https://www.aec.gov.au/Parties_and_Representatives/financial_disclosure/transparency-register/.

The total figures disclosed in the 2017-18 annual returns are provided in a high level summary on the pages below, together with a breakdown showing the total amounts disclosed by the major party groups.

Editor's notes

  • The disclosure scheme requires candidates, registered political parties, their State Branches, local branches, associated entities and donors to lodge annual financial disclosure returns with the AEC.
  • The disclosure threshold for the 2017-18 financial year returns was 'more than $13,500'. The threshold is indexed on 1 July each year.
  • The disclosure period covers 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018. Any transactions made after 30 June 2018, should be disclosed in the 2018‑19 annual disclosure return.
  • Further information on the financial disclosure scheme is available.

High level summary of 2017-18 financial disclosure returns

Notes:

  1. The 2016 federal election period largely occurred during the 2015-16 financial year.
  2. Receipts include ‘gifts’ (donations) and other receipts such as returns on investments or sales of assets. Parties and associated entities are asked to distinguish between ‘gifts’ and other receipts in their returns.
  3. Amounts are accurate as at 1 February 2019. Amendments to returns can be lodged at any time.
Political Party Returns

Party
Group

Receipts 2015-16
$

Receipts 2016-17
$

Receipts 2017-18
$

Payments 2015-16
$

Payments 2016-17
$

Payments 2017-18
$

Debts 2015-16
$

Debts 2016-17
$

Debts 2017-18
$

ALP

61,291,609

70,724,143

60,000,628

48,331,921

75,901,260

51,519,423

36,599,908

7,223,476

9,709,219

Liberal (including LNP)

80,163,678

95,067,933

62,817,034

66,728,474

99,267,243

60,048,352

34,458,270

10,586,379

13,816,015

Nationals

14,470,832

12,220,298

8,183,113

10,424,718

11,608,171

8,196,787

3,798,818

1,010,927

1,270,120

Greens

16,834,717

16,269,836

12,883,005

14,592,913

14,521,430

12,088,208

5,241,638

517,160

2,263,000

Others

16,598,900

13,196,657

10,157,248

15,331,465

11,604,288

9,087,629

4,585,680

1,588,346

1,600,973

Total

189,359,736

207,478,867

154,041,028

155,409,491

212,902,392

140,940,399

84,684,314

20,926,288

28,659,327

Associated Entity Returns

Receipts 2015-16
$

Receipts 2016-17
$

Receipts 2017-18
$

Payments 2015-16
$

Payments 2016-17
$

Payments 2017-18
$

Debts    2015-16
$

Debts    2016-17
$

Debts   2017-18
$

883,969,496 869,730,283 926,589,942 837,590,832 874,660,518 925,298,840 111,251,707 117,980,258 117,806,176

Donor Returns

2015-16
$

2016-17
$

2017-18
$

31,041,252

15,359,765

18,481,551

Political Expenditure Returns

2015-16
$

2016-17
$

2017-18
$

37,902,198

10,811,872

29,412,031

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