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Source: Australian Electoral Commission

Updated: 4 November 2019

Disclosure returns lodged with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) by candidates, Senate groups and election donors following the 2019 federal election, held on Saturday 18 May 2019, are now released for public inspection.

The election disclosure returns are available to view on the AEC’s Transparency Register – a sub-site of the existing AEC website. The Transparency Register allows users to more easily apply multiple filters to disclosure data and use improved sorting functionality. Users are also able to easily export filtered data or download the entire dataset should they wish to do so.

The returns cover receipts, electoral expenditure and discretionary benefits by candidates who contested the 2019 federal election. Of the 1,514 candidates who contested the federal election, a total of 1,438 lodged returns and, of these, 993 candidates lodged nil returns. In addition, eight Senate Group returns were lodged, four of which were nil returns. A further 28 donor returns were also lodged.

Note: Candidates and Senate groups that are endorsed by a political party were able to provide a nil disclosure and roll their reporting in as part of the political party return for the 2018-19 financial year, which will be available for public inspection on Monday 3 February 2020.

The Transparency Register

The AEC’s Transparency Register currently displays federal election and by-election financial disclosure returns lodged by candidates, Senate groups and donors. The register replaces the previous election returns locator tool.

Annual financial disclosure returns for the 2017-18 financial year and earlier years will transfer to the new Transparency Register webpage from December this year.

Contact: Any questions on the navigation of the new AEC Transparency Register should be directed to the AEC’s funding and disclosure helpdesk on 02 6271 4552 or fad@aec.gov.au.

Financial disclosure requirements

Candidates

Candidates are required to disclose the total sum of all donations received and used to fund their campaign, along with details of donations received where those donations total more than $13,800 from a single source. Details of electoral expenditure and discretionary benefits are also required.

Officially endorsed candidates may submit a “nil return” and roll their reporting into the annual return for their party, due for release in February 2020, if those financial transactions were the responsibility of a party committee.

Donors

Donations totalling more than $13,800 made to an individual candidate or Senate group, and donations received by a donor totalling more than $13,800 from a single source that were used in turn to fund donations to an individual candidate or Senate group, must be reported by the donor.

Further information on the financial disclosure scheme.

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