Candidates at Northern Territory Legislative Assembly elections and by-elections must lodge an election return.
A return MUST be completed and lodged even if the candidate has nothing to disclose.
What is reported?
- Total gifts with details of each person or organisation donating $200 or more
- Total number of persons and organisations who made gifts
- In-kind gifting of goods, assets and services that were free or below true market value – except volunteer work.
- Details of loans of $1500 or more, and
- Details of all expenditure according to categories (broadcasting, publishing, display advertising, campaign material, direct mailing, opinion polling/research)
Reporting period/due date for lodgement
Reporting period commences:
- For an independent candidate – on the day candidature is announced or the day nominated, whichever is the earlier
- For a newly endorsed party candidate – from the date of endorsement, and
- For a candidate from the previous election nominating again – 30 days after the previous polling day.
For all candidates:
- Reporting period ends 30 days after polling day
- Return must be lodged within 15 weeks of polling day, and
- Returns are available for public inspection at NTEC offices and summaries on this website from the start of the twenty-fifth week after polling day.
- Candidates must appoint an agent to report or undertake to report him/herself
- The onus is on the person disclosing to get it right
- If endorsed by a registered political party, donations and expenditure made to the party are reported by the party and not by the candidate
- It is illegal to accept donations of $200 or more anonymously
- Disclosure amounts are inclusive of GST
- There is no limit on donations or expenditure, and
- A nil return is required even if there is nothing to disclose.
Donors to parties and candidates
People and organisations making donations to candidates may be required to submit a return – more information is available under financial disclosure – donors to parties and candidates.