New Guideline – Volunteer labour and the use of vehicles and equipment of volunteers

The NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) has issued a new guideline about the provision of labour and the ancillary use of vehicles or equipment by volunteers for the benefit of a party, elected member, candidate, or group of candidates ("recipient").

This guideline is to clarify that volunteer labour (or the use of a volunteer's vehicle or equipment) during an election campaign is not an indirect campaign contribution or political donation.

The guideline is numbered 21 on the General Guidelines page of the NSWEC website.  Further information about political donations can be found in this fact sheet.

The NSWEC may issue and determine guidelines about anything in the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981 ("the Act"), which are consistent with the Act and Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Regulation 2009. The purpose of these guidelines is to clarify rules in the Act, ensure that political donations and electoral expenditure are disclosed correctly, and assist political stakeholders' understanding of the rules.