Funding, expenditure and disclosure FAQ

Updated 9 Apr 2019
Important qualification

Recent amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, that commenced on 1 January 2019, have had the effect of limiting, to a significant extent, the operation of the ACT’s funding and disclosure scheme, as legislated for by the ACT Legislative Assembly. While the ACT’s Electoral Act 1992 funding and disclosure provisions remain unchanged, the commencement of the Commonwealth laws means that, for a gift or gifts that have been provided to an ACT political entity such as a political party, MLA or associated entity, without the express designation by the donor that it be used for a Territory electoral purpose, or it has not been kept or identified separately by the political entity for a Territory electoral purpose, the recipient of the gift is not required under law to disclose the gift particulars.

It is however, important that ACT political entities continue to comply with ACT’s disclosure scheme, where the gift recipient keeps or identifies the gift separately in order for it to be used only for a Territory electoral purpose, or it is used within the relevant disclosure period for Territory electoral purposes, or it has been donated with the express designation that it be used for Territory electoral purposes.

Notwithstanding the effect of the Commonwealth changes, this factsheet is intended to provide ACT political entities with information on the disclosure requirements outlined within the ACT’s Electoral Act 1992 for gifts received totalling $1,000 or more. Non-party candidate groupings should refer to the funding and disclosure handbook on the Elections ACT website for further information about their situation.

While this factsheet provides an overview of the regular reporting requirements imposed on political entities in the ACT, it should not be regarded as a substitute for the law on any of the topics addressed. You are advised to obtain a copy of the Electoral Act 1992 from www.legislation.act.gov.au  and seek your own legal advice if necessary.

Changes to the electoral campaign finance laws relating to ACT Legislative Assembly elections took effect on 1 July 2012. These changes imposed new restrictions on electoral funding and expenditure and introduced new disclosure requirements for political entities in the ACT.

Further information can be found in the handbooks provided on this website or by contacting Elections ACT directly.

While this FAQ provides an overview of the funding, expenditure and disclosure requirements imposed on political entities in the ACT, it should not be regarded as a substitute for the law on any of the topics addressed. Individuals and organisations are advised to obtain a copy of the Electoral Act 1992 from www.legislation.act.gov.au and seek their own legal advice if necessary.

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