Any person or organisation who donates to a registered political party, candidate or associated entity is required to lodge a financial disclosure return.
What is reported?
Donors must lodge annual returns showing:
- Direct or indirect donations to a registered political party of $1500 or more, and
- Donations of $1000 or more received and used in whole or part to make party donations of $1500 or more.
Donors must lodge election returns showing:
- Donations totaling $200 or more to a candidate or $1000 or more to parties and other organisations as gazetted by the NTEC.
Reporting period/due date for lodgement
- Must be lodged with the NTEC within 20 weeks after the end of the financial year where total donations are $1500 or more, and
- Are available for public inspection at NTEC offices and summaries on this website from 1 March following the due date.
- Must be lodged by 15 weeks after polling day, and
- Are available for public inspection at NTEC offices and summaries on this website from the start of the twenty-fifth week after polling day.
- The onus is on the person disclosing to get it right
- Disclosure amounts are inclusive of GST, and
- Donations to more than one party can be reported together in the one return.
- Donations include:
- Donations of cash and gifts-in-kind
- Payment for attendance at events including fundraisers that for strictly commercial reasons would not be a donation
- Payment for access to government ministers and senior party officials, and
- Indirect payments to an organisation for passing on to a party including payments made in previous years.