Party donations and loans by year

Registered political parties must send us a return of the donations and loans they get each year. We make these returns available to the public.

Each party must make an annual return even if it does not have any donations or loans to declare.

The returns for the year ending 31 December 2023 were due on 30 April 2024.

Rules for party donations and loans

Donations or contributions may appear in more than one place in each return. Take care when aggregating values to reach a party’s total.

What parties must report

For the year ending 31 December 2023, every party must report:

  • every donor who donated over $5,000 during the year
  • every contributor who donated over $5,000 during the year
  • every anonymous donation over $1,500
  • every overseas donation over $50
  • every contribution from an overseas person over $50
  • all payments from the Electoral Commission of donations protected from disclosure
  • the number of anonymous party donations under $1,500 and the total amount of these donations
  • the number of all other party donations not exceeding $1,500 and the total amount of these donations 
  • the number of all party donations over $1,500 but less than $5,000 and the total amount of these donations
  • loans over $15,000 entered during the year
  • the number and amount of other party loans entered between $1,500 and $15,000.

Parties also need to provide a breakdown of total donations between monetary and non-monetary donations (e.g. goods and services).

Returns must include an auditor’s report if the party received more than $50,000 in donations, new loans, or if the party has an existing loan with an unpaid balance of over $15,000. 

Read the party donation and loan returns

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