Party Agents

General information

Each political party must have an appointed party agent who must be registered with the NSWEC (See Appoint and Register an Agent). If a registered political party does not have an appointed party agent, the party's registered officer is the party agent.

If an appointed party agent dies, resigns or their appointment is revoked, the political party must appoint a new party agent and notify the NSWEC (See Appoint and Register an Agent).

Party agents are responsible for disclosing political donations made and received and electoral expenditure incurred by the political party.

The party agent of a party that is registered for State elections is also the official agent of all Members of Parliament, State election candidates and groups who are members of the party. This means the party agent must also know and understand their responsibilities as an official agent.

Responsibilities of party agents

Party agents have legal obligations including:

  • lodge with the NSWEC the annual disclosure of political donations made and received and electoral expenditure incurred by the party (See Disclosures)
  • provide with the annual disclosure a copy of all receipts issued to those people who made a reportable political donation to the party
  • provide with the annual disclosure a copy of all invoices or receipts and a copy of the advertising or printed material for all electoral communication expenditure
  • ensure the annual disclosure is certified by a registered company auditor
  • provide with the annual disclosure a copy of the party's audited annual financial statements and other accounting and bank records of the party (See Record Keeping)