Candidates and Groups

Candidates and groups of candidates have legal obligations and entitlements when contesting a State or local government election in NSW. Penalties may apply for non-compliance.

Registration
Candidates and groups of candidates contesting an election must register with the NSWEC before accepting political donations or making payments for electoral expenditure.

Agents
Each candidate and group of candidates must have an official agent who is legally responsible for managing and disclosing political donations and electoral expenditure.

Political donations
Candidates and groups of candidates must comply with specific requirements when making or receiving political donations. Donations are subject to specified limits.

Electoral expenditure
Candidates and groups of candidates must comply with specific requirements when incurring electoral expenditure. Certain electoral expenditure is subject to specified limits for State elections.

Public funding
Eligible State election candidates may be reimbursed for certain electoral expenditure incurred, up to specified limits.

Disclosure
The official agent of each candidate and group of candidates must disclose to the NSWEC all political donations made and received and all electoral expenditure incurred by the candidate or group.

Campaign Accounts
A candidate or group of candidates may be required to keep a campaign account for the election period. A campaign account is used to deposit political donations and make payments for electoral expenditure.

Record Keeping
Complete and accurate accounting records must be kept of political donations and electoral expenditure.