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Election funding and financial disclosure obligations are regulated by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) pursuant to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) (the Act). Under the Act, a 'third party' (a person or organisation other than a political party, candidate, members of the House of Representatives or Senate, or a donor) or ‘political campaigner’ incurring ‘electoral expenditure’ (that is, expenditure incurred for the dominant purpose of influencing the way electors vote in a Commonwealth federal election) may be required to lodge a an annual return with the AEC.
The fact sheet below provides information on these financial disclosure obligations for not-for-profit organisations. This includes recent changes made by the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Act 2018.