Political Party Accounts

General requirements

Payments by a political party for electoral expenditure in relation to a State election must be paid from a State Campaign Account, and in relation to a Local Government election must be paid from a Local Government Campaign Account.

The State Campaign Account and Local Government Campaign Account are to be separate accounts with a bank, credit union or building society. A party that does not incur electoral expenditure for a State or Local Government election is not required to keep a State Campaign Account or Local Government Campaign Account (as applicable).

It is unlawful for a party to make payments for State election expenditure outside of the State Campaign Account.

A political party may make payments from the State Campaign Account other than payments for State election expenditure.

A political party may pay the following into the State Campaign Account:

  • political donations made to the party (including the proceeds of the investment or disposal of any political donation of property that is held as an asset of the account);
  • payments made to the party by the NSWEC from the Election Campaigns Fund;
  • money borrowed by the party at any time;
  • a bequest to the party.

A political party is not permitted to pay the following into the State Campaign Account:

  • a party membership or annual subscription (except any amount that exceeds the maximum subscription) (See Caps on Political Donations);
  • any amount of a political donation that exceeds the applicable donation cap; and
  • payments made to the party by the NSWEC from the Administration Fund or Policy Development Fund (See Public Funding).

It is unlawful for a party to make payments for Local Government election expenditure outside of the Local Government Campaign Account.

A political party may make payments from the Local Government Campaign Account other than payments for Local Government election expenditure.

A political party may pay the following into the Local Government Campaign Account:

  • money belonging to the party on 1 July 2016 - commencement of the Local Government and Elections Legislation Amendment (Integrity) Act 2016 - including the proceeds of the investment or disposals of any other property that belong to the party on or before 1 July 2016;
  • political donations made to the party (including the proceeds of the investment or disposal of any political donation of property that is held as an asset of the account);
  • money borrowed by the party at any time;
  • a bequest to the party.

A political party is not permitted to pay the following into the Local Government Campaign Account:

  • any funding paid to a party for State election campaigns, or for administrative and policy development after 1 July 2016 - commencement of the Local Government and Elections Legislation Amendment (Integrity) Act 2016
  • a party membership or annual subscription (except any amount that exceeds the maximum subscription) (See Caps on Political Donations);
  • any amount of a political donation that exceeds the applicable donation cap.

A political party must keep at least one other account with a bank, credit union or building society. The accounts are to be used by the party to:

  • deposit monetary political donations;
  • make payments for the party's expenditure, including to make political donations to others; and
  • receive payments by the NSWEC from the Administration Fund or Policy Development Fund (See Public Funding).

A party should keep an account used solely for the purpose of a federal election campaign. Such an account is to be used to deposit donations that exceed the donations caps.

A donation made to a party by a prohibited donor or by a donor who is not lawfully entitled to make a donation may be paid into an account kept solely for federal election campaign purposes. The donation is exempt from being an unlawful donation if paid into such an account.