Third-party Campaigner Disclosures

General Requirements

The official agent of a third-party campaigner is required to lodge a declaration of disclosures with the NSWEC on behalf of the third-party campaigner.

Disclosure is required in relation to the financial year in which the person or entity is a third-party campaigner. Disclosure is required irrespective of whether the third-party campaigner is registered with the NSWEC.

The declaration of disclosures is to be certified by a registered company auditor unless exempt (See Audit Requirements).

Each disclosure is to cover the period 1 July to 30 June.

The NSWEC produces a disclosure form for third-party campaigners to use each year (See Forms). The disclosure form contains a declaration the official agent must sign to state all disclosures required to be made have been made.

Third-party campaigners are required to disclose:

  • political donations made by the third-party campaigner to another third-party campaigner, or to a party (including party membership or affiliation fees), elected member, candidate or group of candidates;
  • political donations received by the third-party campaigner from another third-party campaigner, or from a party, elected member, candidate, group of candidates or political donor, and
  • electoral communication expenditure incurred by the third-party campaigner during the capped State expenditure period for a State election, or the local government expenditure period for a local government election.

See How to Disclose.

Complete and accurate records of political donations and electoral expenditure must be maintained by the official agent of the third-party campaigner to ensure full disclosure (See Record Keeping).

Documents to accompany disclosures

The following documents must be provided with the annual disclosure of political donations and electoral expenditure:

  • a copy of each receipt or acknowledgement issued to those who made a reportable political donation to the third-party campaigner;
  • a copy of the account or receipt for each item of electoral communication expenditure;
  • a copy of the advertising or printed electoral material to which the electoral communication expenditure relates.

As part of a compliance audit of the third-party campaigner the NSWEC may require the official agent to provide a copy of the statements of the campaign account of the third-party campaigner or any other information reasonably required to undertake the compliance audit.