Attention 2018 election campaigners

Are you intending to spend more than $10,000 campaigning during the period 1 January 2018 to 16 April 2018? If so, you may be considered a third party campaigner under the funding and disclosure provisions of the Electoral Act 1985 (the Act). Third parties have funding and disclosure obligations.

A ‘third party’ is defined in section 130A of the Act as a person who incurs or intends to incur more than $10,000 in political expenditure during the designated period, excluding:

  • A Member of the House of Assembly or Legislative Council.
  • The Crown (including a public sector agency within the meaning of the Public Sector Act 2009).
  • A registered political party, group or candidate.
  • A person engaged in a broadcasting service (within the meaning of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Commonwealth) or a datacasting service.
  • The publisher of a journal (including a journal published in electronic form on the internet).

The designated period for the 2018 State Election commences on 1 January 2018 and ends on 16 April 2018.

Political expenditure is defined in section 130A of the Act as expenditure incurred:

  • For the purposes of the public expression of views on a political party, a candidate or a Member of Parliament, by any means.
  • For the purposes of the public expression of views on an issue in an election, by any means.
  • For the purposes of the production of any political material that is required under sections 112, 115A and 116 to include the name and address of the author or the person who takes responsibility for the publication of the material.
  • For the purposes of carrying out an opinion poll, or other research, relating to an election or the voting intentions of electors.
  • For any other prescribed purpose or expenditure of a prescribed kind.

For information on the meaning of political expenditure, refer to the Political Expenditure Guide on our guides page.

The Electoral Commission SA will be conducting information sessions in January 2018 for third parties. To register your interest or find out more, please contact the Funding, Disclosure & Registration Branch on 7424 7400.

For more information on third party obligations, refer to the Third Party Guide on our guides page.

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Authorised by M.Sherry, Electoral Commissioner