Work of the Electoral Commissioner led agency

A director leads each Branch of the agency and all directors are accountable to the Electoral Commissioner. The agency is currently undergoing a restructure.

View the new structure of the agency.

Each branch has different areas of responsibility yet they work together as a team to deliver services to a very wide range of stakeholders.

Information published in the Annual Report (PDF)PDF details each branch's work during 2015-2016 and includes the following reports:

  • Report of the Electoral Commissioner
  • Report of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Conducting elections
  • Improving elections
  • Public funding, donations and lobbyists
  • Accountability, corporate governance and management
  • Financial performance

Ensuring that parties, elected members, candidates and others comply with the law about election funding, expenditure and disclosure are areas of legitimate public interest. The Electoral Commissioner is responsible for bringing to the (3 member) NSW Electoral Commission any information that may require advice or a decision to be made.

Keeping the Commission informed

The Electoral Commissioner keeps the 3 member Commission informed about key areas of the electoral system including:

Legislative reform

By responding to calls for submissions by the NSW Parliament about the Government's Response to the Panel of Experts - Political Donations and the need for a re-write of legislation.

Find out more information about submissions.

The distribution of public money

The distribution of public money for election purposes must be done according to the law. This means that claims for the payment of funding to parties, independent MP's and candidates must include declarations disclosing expenditure for which reimbursement is sought. Staff within the agency's Funding, Disclosure and Compliance Branch audit each claim for public funding. If further information or supporting documentation is required staff will liaise with the party, candidate or elected member. Public money is distributed after an approval by the 3 member Commission. Public money comes from three funds: the Elections Campaigns Fund, the Administration Fund and the Policy Development Fund.

Inadequate declarations, disclosure or compliance

To be able to account for the receipt and use of public money and donations, and compliance with electoral laws generally, political parties, elected members, candidates, groups and third-party campaigners must submit a declaration disclosing political donations received and expenditure incurred. These declarations are separate to declarations that accompany claims for public funding. Most candidates and parties comply within the required time periods. Sometimes disclosed information does not meet the requisite standard and when this happens an opportunity to update or correct the information is generally allowed. Funding, Disclosure and Compliance Branch officers provide advice to people about how to lodge disclosure documentation.

Find out more information on the role of the Funding Disclosure and Compliance Branch.

See Frequently Asked Questions about funding, disclosure and compliance.

Donations to political parties

Political parties are required to disclose information and, depending on the amount of donation, the identity of the donor itself. People who make certain types of donations are also required to disclose this information too.

Find out more information about Political Donations.