Legislative changes to financial disclosure
On 13 December 2021, the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Annual Disclosure Equality) Act 2021 and Electoral Legislation Amendment (Political Campaigners) Act 2021 received Royal Assent.
Further information is available on the Financial disclosure legislative changes page.
The Commonwealth funding and disclosure scheme (the disclosure scheme) detailed under Part XX of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Electoral Act) was introduced to increase overall transparency and inform the public about the financial dealings of political parties, candidates and others involved in the electoral process.
The disclosure scheme requires, political parties, significant third parties, associated entities, third parties, senators, members of the House of Representatives, candidates, senate groups and donors to lodge election or annual financial disclosure returns with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).
The disclosure returns are then made available for public inspection.
As a result of the changes in the Annual Disclosure Equality Act and the Political Campaigners Act, financial disclosure information is being updated. Changes will be made to a significant volume of financial disclosure webpages, guides and forms. Please review the AEC financial disclosure webpages for future updates.
The Transparency Register contains information about political parties, significant third parties, associated entities, third parties, senators, members of the House of Representatives, candidates, senate groups and donors registered with, or recognised by the AEC. The Transparency Register includes annual returns, election returns and election funding claims.
Phone: 02 6271 4552
Post: Funding and Disclosure
Australian Electoral Commission
Locked Bag 4007
Canberra ACT 2601