Funding and Disclosure
The NSWEC regulates and administers funding and disclosure laws in NSW under the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981. The laws seek to:
- prevent corruption and undue influence of political parties and elected officials at State and Local Government elections
- ensure compliance with election funding, expenditure and disclosure requirements
- facilitate a fair and transparent election funding, expenditure and disclosure scheme
- raise public awareness of the requirements for political donations and electoral expenditure
- effectively administer public funding for elections and the administration of parties and members of Parliament
The NSWEC has investigation powers which may be used to determine whether a breach of the legislation has occurred. Fines and other penalties (including imprisonment) may be imposed on those who do not comply with their funding and disclosure obligations. It is a serious offence to enter into, or carry out, a scheme to circumvent a prohibition or requirement regarding political donations and electoral expenditure.
Local Council elections
New rules for NSW Local Council elections.
Disclosures of political donations and electoral expenditure
How and when to make disclosures.
Legal obligations, entitlements and penalties for political parties and Party Agents.
Legal obligations, entitlements and penalties for Members of Parliament and Local Government councillors, and their Official Agents.
Candidates and Groups
Legal obligations, entitlements and penalties for candidates and groups contesting State and Local Council elections, and their Official Agents.
Legal obligations and penalties for third-party campaigners and their Official Agents.
Legal obligations for those who make political donations.