Donations and loans to registered political parties are regulated.
A party donation is a donation of money, goods or services that is made to a party and includes:
- goods or services provided free of charge that have a reasonable market value greater than $1,500,
- discounted goods or services (where the reasonable market value is greater than $1,500), the difference between the contract or agreed price and the reasonable market value of those goods or services is a donation,
- the amount of any payment in excess of reasonable market value for goods or services provided by the party, or
- credit offered at terms more favourable than the commercial terms and conditions prevailing at the time.
A party loan is defined as a written or oral agreement under which a lender lends money to a political party, but does not include money lent by a registered bank at a commercial interest rate.
The secretary of each registered political party must file an annual return of party donations and loans with the Electoral Commission by 30 April of the following year for donations and loans received in the last 12 months, for the year ending 31 December.
More information about the reporting requirements of party donations and loans can be found in Part 3 of the Party Secretary Handbook.
The following pages relate to the disclosure by registered political parties of donations and loans received.