Administration Fund

The purpose of the Administration Fund is to reimburse eligible political parties and independent members of parliament for administrative and operating expenditure incurred in a calendar year.

A political party or elected member that is eligible to receive a payment may make a claim with the NSWEC for payment from the Fund.

Eligibility

A political party is eligible for payments from the Fund for a calendar year if:

  • it was a registered party at the previous State election, and the party continued to be a registered party on 31 December of that calendar year; and
  • it endorsed candidates who were elected at that election, and the NSWEC is satisfied that the elected members claimed to be endorsed by the party; and
  • the NSWEC is satisfied that the elected members continued to be members or representatives of the party on 31 December of that calendar year.

An elected member is eligible for payments from the Fund for a calendar year if:

  • the elected member was not an endorsed candidate of any party at the State election in which the member was last elected; and
  • the NSWEC is satisfied that the elected member is not a member or representative of any party on 31 December of that calendar year.

Amounts Payable

The annual amount payable to eligible parties and independent elected members is the amount of administrative expenditure incurred by the party or elected member during the calendar year up to a maximum amount. That maximum amount is adjusted for inflation each year.

Political Parties

Calendar year Maximum annual amount payable
2018
  • $270,800 if there is only one elected member endorsed by the party, or
  • $485,600 if there are only 2 elected members endorsed by the party, or
  • $647,400 if there are only 3 elected members endorsed by the party, or

$647,400 if there are more than 3 elected members endorsed by the party plus $108,200 for each such member in excess of 3 up to a maximum of 22 members.

2017
  • $265,700 if there is only one elected member endorsed by the party, or
  • $476,500 if there are only 2 elected members endorsed by the party, or
  • $635,300 if there are only 3 elected members endorsed by the party, or

$635,300 if there are more than 3 elected members endorsed by the party plus $106,100 for each such member in excess of 3 up to a maximum of 22 members.

2016
  • $261,300 if there is only one elected member endorsed by the party, or
  • $468,700 if there are only 2 elected members endorsed by the party, or
  • $624,900 if there are only 3 elected members endorsed by the party, or
$624,900 if there are more than 3 elected members endorsed by the party plus $104,300 for each such member in excess of 3 up to a maximum of 22 members.
2015
  • $256,400 if there is only one elected member endorsed by the party, or
  • $460,000 if there are only 2 elected members endorsed by the party, or
  • $613,300 if there are only 3 elected members endorsed by the party, or
$613,300 if there are more than 3 elected members endorsed by the party plus $102,300 for each such member in excess of 3 up to a maximum of 22 members.
2014
  • $250,800 if there is only one elected member endorsed by the party, or
  • $450,000 if there are only 2 elected members endorsed by the party, or
  • $600,000 if there are only 3 elected members endorsed by the party, or
$600,000 if there are more than 3 elected members endorsed by the party plus $100,000 for each such member in excess of 3 up to a maximum of 22 members.
2013
  • $204,700 if there is only one elected member endorsed by the party, or
  • $358,100 if there are only 2 elected members endorsed by the party, or
  • $460,400 if there are only 3 elected members endorsed by the party, or
$460,400 if there are more than 3 elected members endorsed by the party plus $85,000 for each such member in excess of 3 up to a maximum of 22 members.
2012
  • $200,000 if there is only one elected member endorsed by the party, or
  • $350,000 if there are only 2 elected members endorsed by the party, or
  • $450,000 if there are only 3 elected members endorsed by the party, or
$450,000 if there are more than 3 elected members endorsed by the party plus $83,000 for each such member in excess of 3 up to a maximum of 22 members.
2011
  • $80,000 if there is only one elected member endorsed by the party, or
  • $2,000,000, whichever is the lesser.

Independent Elected Members

Calendar year Maximum annual amount payable
2018 $225,800
2017 $221,500
2016 $217,800
2015 $213,700
2014 $209,000
2013 $204,700
2012 $200,000
2011 $80,000

Making a Claim for Payment

In order to receive a payment from the Fund a claim for payment must be lodged with the NSWEC. The NSWEC advises all eligible parties and elected members of how and when to make a claim for payment. A claim for payment must:

  • be lodged with the NSWEC using the NSWEC approved form,
  • be accompanied by a declaration which includes the administrative expenditure incurred in the calendar year, and
  • the expenditure referred to in the declaration must be accompanied by copies of the accounts or receipts for the expenditure.

Payments from the Fund can be claimed and paid in quarterly instalments. Also, half of each quarterly instalment can be claimed and paid in advance of a quarter. If a quarterly instalment or advance is not claimed, the entitlement rolls over to the next available claim for that year.

All claims for a calendar year must be made with the NSWEC by 30 June following the end of the calendar year.

What to include in a claim

An eligible party or elected member may include in the claim any administration expenditure incurred in the calendar year that has not already been reimbursed.

  • expenditure for the administration or management of the activities of the eligible party or elected member,
  • expenditure for conferences, seminars, meetings or similar functions at which the policies of the eligible party or elected member are discussed or formulated,
  • expenditure on providing information to the public or a section of the public about the eligible party or elected member,
  • expenditure on providing information to members and supporters of the eligible party or elected member,
  • expenditure in respect of the audit of the financial accounts of, or claims for payment or disclosures under this Act of, the eligible party or elected member,
  • expenditure on the remuneration of staff engaged in the above activities for the eligible party or elected member (being the proportion of that remuneration that relates to the time spent on those activities),
  • expenditure on equipment or vehicles used for the purposes of the above activities (being the proportion of the cost of their acquisition and operation that relates to the use of the equipment or vehicles for those activities),
  • expenditure on office accommodation for the above staff and equipment, and
  • expenditure on interest payments on loans.

Administration expenditure does not include:

  • electoral expenditure,
  • expenditure for which a member may claim a parliamentary allowance as a member,
  • expenditure incurred substantially in respect of operations or activities that relate to the election of members to a Parliament other than the NSW Parliament, and
  • expenditure prescribed by the regulations.

The NSWEC issues guidelines to give further examples of what is and is not administration expenditure (See General Guidelines).

Receiving a payment

Advance quarterly payments

Advance payments are made on the first day of each quarter to those eligible parties and elected members who claimed an advance payment.

Quarterly payments

Quarterly payments are made within 30 days of the NSWEC receiving a claim and all required supporting documentation.
Payments are made by the NSWEC to an account held by the party or elected member. No payments are made to a party or elected member while the party or member has an outstanding declaration of political donations and electoral expenditure or where a party has not provided the NSWEC with its annual audited financial statements.