The AEC undertakes a regular program of compliance reviews that examines a sample of disclosure returns from political parties and associated entities. The AEC can also undertake investigations relating to potential breaches of financial disclosure requirements based on information provided to the AEC or in the public domain
These reviews and investigations are initiated through the issue of a formal notice by an authorised officer of the AEC. A formal notice requires a person to provide documents and other evidence in a manner and at a place and time specified in the notice, however the AEC may also request other information not listed in the notice.
There is a legal obligation to comply with a notice issued under s 316 of the Electoral Act.
Further details about the compliance review process are provided in the Financial Disclosure Compliance Framework