An entity (other than a political entity) is an associated entity if any of the following apply in a financial year:
Examples of associated entities include '500 clubs', 'think tanks', registered clubs, service companies, trade unions and corporate party members.
Electoral expenditure refers to expenditure incurred for the dominant purpose of creating or communicating electoral matter. Further details on electoral expenditure can be found at the Electoral Expenditure and Electoral Matter fact sheet.
A person or entity that meets the definition of an associated entity must register with the AEC before the end of 90 days after becoming required to be registered.
A person or entity that is required to be registered as an associated entity for a financial year must not incur further electoral expenditure in that financial year until they are registered.
An associated entity must appoint a financial controller at the time of registration, using the Application to register as an Associated Entity form.
A financial controller means:
The financial controller must meet the definition above and the following conditions:
The financial controller is responsible for lodging the annual return.
Yes, not registering as an associated entity will incur a civil penalty whichever is the higher of the following amounts:
The associated entity and financial controller’s names will be included in the Transparency Register, as well as the names of associated disclosure entities.
Associated entities are required to update registration details via the Change to Transparency Register form within 90 days of the change occurring. Details listed on the Transparency Register are otherwise accepted as correct until proven otherwise.
Use this form to change the financial controller, update entity name or contact details, related organisations/branches and associated disclosure entities.
A person or entity that is registered as an associated entity may apply to the Electoral Commissioner to be deregistered.
Note: an application to deregister should only be made by an associated entity that is no longer required to be registered.
An application to deregister must be made via the approved form:
If you need assistance please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Funding and Disclosure help desk on (02) 6271 4552.