Annual Political Expenditure Returns Due

Section 130ZR of the Electoral Act 1985 requires any person who has incurred political expenditure of more than $5,191 during the financial year 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018 to lodge an Annual Political Expenditure Return with the South Australian Electoral Commissioner. The return must be lodged by Monday 24 September 2018.

 If a person does NOT have any disclosable political expenditure, then they are NOT required to lodge a return (ie spent $5,191 or under).

The Annual Political Expenditure Return can be lodged via the Funding and Disclosure Portal. An Annual Political Expenditure Return Guide and a Political Expenditure Guide are available on the guides page.


1.  Members of the South Australian Parliament and the Crown are excluded from the requirement to lodge this return.

2. The lodgement obligation extends to any person incurring political expenditure over the threshold. A ‘person’ also includes an unincorporated association (see section 130A).

3.  The South Australian disclosure scheme only relates to State matters. Therefore, expenditure on Federal issues or local government campaigning, are not considered ‘political expenditure’ under the scheme.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Funding, Disclosure & Registration Branch on 7424 7400.


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