Elected Members

Elected members have legal obligations and entitlements regarding political donations and electoral expenditure. Penalties may apply for non-compliance.

An elected member is person who is a member of the NSW Parliament or a local government councillor.

Registration
An elected member who is seeking re-election is not required to be registered as a candidate with the NSWEC in order to accept political donations or make payments for electoral expenditure.

An elected member seeking re-election must be nominated for an election to have their name on a ballot paper.

Contact us if your details or circumstances change so that we can keep you informed of your obligations and entitlements.

Agents
Each elected member must have an official agent. The official agent is legally responsible for managing and disclosing political donations and electoral expenditure on behalf of the elected member.

Political donations
Elected members must comply with specific requirements when making or receiving political donations. Donations are subject to specified limits.

Electoral expenditure
Elected members must comply with specific requirements when incurring electoral expenditure. Certain electoral expenditure is subject to specified limits for State elections.

Public funding
Independent members of Parliament may be eligible to receive public funding for administrative expenditure. Public funding may also be available to an elected member who is also a candidate for a State election.

Disclosure
The official agent of each elected member must disclose to the NSWEC all political donations made and received and all electoral expenditure incurred.

Campaign Accounts
An elected member 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.