This section provides answers to the following questions:
Electoral expenditure is money spent on promoting or opposing a party, or the election of a candidate or candidates. It is also money spent on influencing the voting at an election.
Electoral expenditure includes expenditure for:
Certain types of expenditure do not constitute electoral expenditure: These include (but are not limited to):
Electoral communication expenditure is electoral expenditure incurred during the capped expenditure period of an election. Electoral Communication expenditure includes:
Electoral communication expenditure is not electoral expenditure on travel and travel accommodation, election campaign research, election fund raising and auditing campaign accounts.
Electoral communication expenditure is taken to be incurred when the services for which the expenditure is incurred are actually provided or goods for which the expenditure is incurred are actually delivered. In particular:
Disclosure is required of all electoral expenditure incurred, by or on behalf of a party (whether or not a registered party), an elected member, a group, a candidate or a third-party campaigner during the relevant disclosure period, being each 12 month period ending on 30 June. Unless otherwise prescribed, disclosures are to be made before 22 September.
The Election Funding Authority has adjusted amounts calculated for the monetary caps on electoral communication expenditure and political donations, in accordance with Schedule 1 of the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosure Act 1981.
The adjusted amounts for State elections (including by-elections) up to and including polling day for the 2015 State election are as follows:
|Electoral communication expenditure incurred by:||General cap|
|a party that endorses a group for the Legislative Council and between 0 and 10 candidates for the Legislative Assembly||$1,166,600|
|all other parties||$111,200 x number of Legislative Assembly electoral districts in which a candidate is endorsed by the party|
|a group of unendorsed candidates for the Legislative Council||$1,166,600|
|an endorsed candidate for the Legislative Assembly||$111,200|
|an unendorsed candidate for the Legislative Assembly||$166,700|
|an ungrouped candidate for the Legislative Council||$166,700|
|a candidate for a Legislative Assembly by-election||$222,300|
|a third-party campaigner||$1,166,600 (if registered with the EFA before the capped expenditure period for an election); or |
$583,300 (in any other case)
|a third-party campaigner (by-election)||$22,300|
|Electoral communication expenditure incurred for the election of a candidate in a particular district by:||Additional cap (within the general cap)|
|a party||$55,600 per district|
|a third-party campaigner||$22,300 per district|