Registered political parties must lodge annual returns of receipts, payments, outstanding liabilities and capital contributions.

What is reported?

  • Total amounts received and paid during the year and outstanding liabilities at the end of the year
  • Details of persons and organisations who donated or lent the party $1500 or more, and
  • In-kind gifting of goods, assets and services that were free or below true market value – except volunteer work.

Reporting period/due date for lodgement

  • Reporting is by financial year (July – June)
  • Returns are due 16 weeks from the end of the financial year, and
  • Returns are available for public inspection at NTEC offices and summaries on this website from 1 March following the due date.


  • Registered parties must appoint an agent for disclosure matters
  • The onus is on the person disclosing to get it right
  • Multiple payments collectively below $1500 do not need to be detailed, but over $1500 collectively must be detailed
  • Anonymous donations of $1000 and loans of $1500 or more are illegal
  • Disclosure amounts are inclusive of GST, and
  • A nil return is required if there is no expenditure.

Associated returns

People and organisations making donations to political parties may be required to submit a return – more information is available under Financial Disclosure – donors to parties and candidates.