Financial disclosure

The purpose of the Commonwealth funding and disclosure scheme (the disclosure scheme) under Part XX of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Electoral Act) is to increase transparency and inform the public about the financial dealings of political parties, candidates and others involved in the electoral process.

The disclosure scheme requires some entities to lodge annual or election returns with the AEC. Other entities are only required to lodge returns if they meet certain conditions. The following entities lodge annual or election returns with the AEC:


Annual returns

Election returns

Political parties


Significant third parties


Associated entities


Members of the House of Representatives




Third parties


Annual donors




Senate groups


Election donors


Electoral expenditure and other key topics

For detailed information on:

  • electoral matter and electoral expenditure
  • foreign donations restrictions
  • foreign campaign restrictions
  • disclosure requirements for charities
  • the relationship between federal, state and territory electoral donation and disclosure laws

New to disclosures?

Plain English explanations to help you if you are new to disclosures or legislation has changed.


The Electoral Act imposes civil penalties and in some cases criminal penalties if a person or entity contravenes the requirements of the Electoral Act.

Election funding and disclosure reports

The recent reports on the operation of Part XX of the Electoral Act in relation to a general or Senate election are provided:

Contact us

Funding and Disclosure (FAD)
Australian Electoral Commission

Ph: 02 6271 4552

10 Mort Street
Canberra ACT 2601
Locked Bag 4007
Canberra ACT 2601

Updated: 13 April 2023