Disclosures for State 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 State election candidate did any of the following between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017 a disclosure form must be submitted:

  • was registered as a candidate with the NSWEC for a State election,
  • was nominated as a candidate for a State election,
  • accepted a political donation or made a payment for electoral expenditure in relation to their candidacy at a future State election.

The official agent of the State election candidate is responsible for completing and submitting the disclosure form. If the State election candidate is a member of a registered political party the party agent of the party is the candidate's official agent unless the candidate appointed an official agent with the consent of the party agent.

State Candidate disclosure form (FD.678) (PDF 710.9KB)

The official agent is to refer to the financial and accounting records kept in relation to the State Election candidate in order to make complete and accurate disclosure.

The disclosure form must be certified by a registered company auditor.

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 9 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.

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.