Reporting gifts and loans

Donors have reporting obligations under Part 13A of the Electoral Act 1985.

You must lodge a return with the Electoral Commissioner if you have made a donation of more than $5,000 (indexed) to a candidate or relevant entity (a registered political party, associated entity or third party).

Please note: all donors must complete the 'attachment to donor return – foreign donations' (on the donor return - gifts to relevant entities), regardless of whether they consider themselves foreign donors or not.

For more information, visit the following pages:

Records and evidence

There are record-keeping obligations in relation to returns. The Electoral Commissioner also has the power to issue notices requiring a person to provide evidence. For more information, visit our records and evidence page.

Definition of terms

For an outline of key funding and disclosure terms, visit our glossary page.