Political Parties

Political parties have legal obligations and entitlements and penalties may apply for non-compliance. This applies to registered and unregistered parties in NSW.

A political party is a body or organisation, incorporated or unincorporated, having as one of its objectives or activities the promotion of the election to Parliament or a local council of a candidate or candidates endorsed by it or by a body or organisation of which it forms a part.

A registered political party is a party registered for State and/or local government elections.

Registration
A political party may apply to be registered with the NSWEC for State and/or local government elections. A party registered with the NSWEC for State elections may be eligible to receive public funding.

Agents
Each political party must have a party agent who is legally responsible for disclosing the party's political donations and electoral expenditure.

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

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

Public funding
Political parties registered for State elections may be eligible to receive public funding to reimburse the party for certain electoral, administrative or policy development expenditure, up to specified limits.

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

Campaign Accounts
Political parties are required to keep a State Campaign Account for State elections and a local government campaign account for local government elections. The separate campaign accounts are to be used to make payments for electoral expenditure incurred for the relevant State and/or local government elections.