Transparency Register

Overview

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, 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
Candidates   Yes Yes Yes
Senate groups   Yes Yes Yes
Political campaigners Yes   Yes  
Associated entities Yes   Yes  
Third parties Yes   Yes  
Donors Yes Yes Yes  

Annual returns

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

All political party, associated entity and donor returns from financial year 1998-1999, political campaigner returns from financial year 2018-2019 and third party returns from financial year 2006-2007 are available on the Transparency Register.

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.

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:

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 fad@aec.gov.au, or alternatively call the Funding and Disclosure help desk on (02) 6271 4552.

Updated: 22 June 2021
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