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Political Campaigner Returns

Changes made to election funding and disclosure laws in the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Electoral Act) include the introduction of a new category of political entity - political campaigner.

The list of Political Campaigners currently registered with the AEC can be found on this webpage.

From 1 December 2018 there is a requirement for the registration of a person or entity that meets the definition of a political campaigner. Registration as a political campaigner is required when:

  • electoral expenditure exceeds $500,000 during that financial year or any one of the previous three financial years; or
  • electoral expenditure exceeds $100,000 during that financial year, and electoral expenditure during the previous financial year was at least two-thirds of the revenue of the person or entity for that year.

Political campaigners will be required to provide annual financial disclosure returns to the AEC.

The annual financial disclosure for political campaigners will be available for public inspection on Monday 3 February 2020.