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AEC Transparency Register

The Transparency Register webpage currently hosts election returns as lodged by candidates, Senate groups and donors.

Annual financial disclosure returns will be transferred to this format in December 2019.

Note: while the AEC has taken steps to ensure the accuracy of information presented in the register's data tables, definitive disclosure information is contained on individual PDF disclosure returns which are also available for inspection through this register.

What is financial disclosure?

The Commonwealth funding and disclosure scheme detailed in Part XX of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 was introduced to increase overall transparency and inform the community about the financial dealings of political parties, candidates and others involved in the electoral process. The scheme requires candidates, Senate groups, political parties, political campaigners, associated entities, third parties and donors to lodge election or annual financial disclosure returns with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

What are election returns?

The term 'election returns' refers to the requirement for candidates, Senate groups and donors to provide a financial disclosure return in relation to a specific federal election or by-election. Election disclosures are published within 24 weeks after polling day.

Note: Election candidates endorsed by a registered political party are able to submit a 'nil return' and roll their reporting into the annual return for their party, if those financial transactions were the responsibility of a party committee.

How does the register work?

This register provides comprehensive data tables that show financial disclosure of entities listed according to election event.

Tables can be filtered and sorted by clicking in any column header and multiple filters can be applied to a data set to provide a list of disclosure records according to your search preferences. Data can also be extracted to allow further analysis.

Election returns can be accessed from the menu on the right or by choosing a link below.

Candidate and Senate Group Returns

Donor Returns

Historic Returns

Download All Election Returns


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