Disclosures for local Council election candidates

Political donations and electoral expenditure must be disclosed to the NSWEC after each financial year.

A declaration of disclosures must be made using a NSWEC disclosure form for the relevant year (See Forms).

Five steps to lodging a valid disclosure form

If a person did any of the following between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017 a disclosure form must be submitted by 20 September 2017:

  • was registered as a candidate with the NSWEC for a local Council election,
  • was nominated as a candidate for a local Council election,
  • accepted a political donation or made a payment for electoral expenditure in relation to their candidacy at a future local Council election, and
  • a disclosure form has not been separately submitted for a candidate who is part of a local group of candidates.

If you are a candidate who is a member of a group, you will make your disclosure in the Group of Local Government Candidates disclosure form (FD.686) (PDF 753.1KB). This disclosure form is completed by the official agent appointed by the group and allows for the disclosure of donations and expenditure by the group and by the individual candidates within the group.

The official agent of a candidate is responsible for completing and submitting the disclosure form.

Local Government Candidate disclosure form (FD.693) (PDF 735.6KB)
Print this form and sign.

The official agent must refer to the financial and accounting records kept in relation to the candidate's election in order to make complete and accurate disclosure.

The disclosure form must be certified by a registered company auditor if any of the following apply:

  • the total political donations received by the candidate exceeds $2,500,
  • the total electoral expenditure incurred by the candidate exceeds $2,500,
  • reportable political donations were made that were not in the form of affiliation of membership fees to a party by which the candidate is a member, or to a group of which the candidate is a member.

A valid disclosure form must be lodged with the NSWEC by 22 September of each year. Details about how to submit the disclosure form are on page 8 of the form. A valid disclosure form is one that:

  • contains all of the pages (even if some pages contain no disclosures),
  • is completed and signed by the official agent, and
  • is certified by a registered company auditor (if required).
Submit with the disclosure form:
  • the receipt book containing used and unused copies of receipts issued to political donors for all reportable political donations received,
  • copies of the invoices or receipts for electoral expenditure disclosed in Part F of the form,
  • copies of the electoral material or advertising that relates to the expenditure disclosed in Part F of the form.

To amend a disclosure form previously submitted to the NSWEC the official agent must use:

An amended disclosure form may need to be certified by a registered auditor (see step 4).

Find out more information about how to disclose.