Candidate Donation and Expenses Returns

After a general election or by-election all electorate candidates are required to file a return of candidate donations and expenses with the Electoral Commission. [See sections 205K and 209 of the Electoral Act].

If there are no election expenses or donations to report on, the candidate must file a nil return.

The returns are open to public inspection and will be published on this website.

Candidates representing registered parties are recommended to consult closely with their party secretary about their expense returns. This is because boundary problems may arise between the candidate’s expense return and the party’s expense return.

The return must:

  • be made on the Return of Electorate Candidate Donations and Expenses form, and
  • be filed within 70 working days of election day.

The return form is available through the Electoral Commission or through your party secretary.

Detailed information about candidate donations and expenses for a general election are available in Part 3 of the Guide - Becoming a Candidate in a General Election.

Detailed information about candidate donations and expenses for a by-election are available in Part 6 of the Guide - Becoming a Candidate in a By-election.

If you have any questions about donation and expense returns, please contact the Electoral Commission, we are happy to help.

Last updated: 28 March 2017