Annual Political Expenditure Returns Due

Section 130ZR of the Electoral Act 1985 requires any person who has incurred political expenditure of more than $5,091 during the financial year 1 July 2016 – 30 June 2017 to lodge an Annual Political Expenditure Return with the South Australian Electoral Commissioner. The return must be lodged by Friday 22 September 2017.

The Annual Political Expenditure Return form can be downloaded from our Forms page, and 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. If a person does not have any disclosable political expenditure, then they are not required to lodge a return (i.e. they spent nil or under $5,091).
4. The South Australian disclosure scheme only relates to State matters. Therefore, expenditure on Federal issues (such as same sex marriage) is 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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