Q1 What is a political donation?A political donation is a gift (monetary or otherwise) made to or for the benefit of a candidate, group, elected member, third-party campaigner or a political party.
Political donations include:
Q2 What is a reportable political donation?A reportable political donation is a donation of $1,000 or more or multiple donations from one donor in one financial year that total $1,000 or more to the person or entity.
For example, if a person makes a $700 donation to a candidate on 1 October 2011, it is not a reportable political donation. If the same person makes a $500 donation to the same candidate on 31 March 2012, then the total donation of $1,200 becomes a reportable political donation.
Q3 What is a small political donation?Small political donations are those that are less than $1,000 each or multiple donations from the same donor in one financial year that total less than $1,000.
The total amount received and the number of donors must be disclosed to the Authority, but not the details of each donation.
Q4 What kind of political donations are unlawful?It is unlawful for a candidate, group or official agent to accept any of the following indirect campaign contributions if the value of the gift exceeds $1,000 or the total value of the items provided or done by the same person over the same financial year exceeds $1,000:
It is unlawful for a person to accept a political donation (reportable or small) unless it is made by an individual who is on the federal, state or local government electoral roll and the name and address of the individual are known to the person accepting the donation and there are no grounds to believe that the name and address provided are not true.
Q5 Can a sole trader make a donation?A sole trader is an entity pursuant to s.84 of the Act. A sole trader cannot make a political donation, however, the individual can. An individual can make a political donation from a bank account that is maintained for the dual purpose of business as a sole trader and transacting in the individual's personal capacity.
Q6 What is a reportable loan?
A loan is an advance of money, the provision of credit or any other transaction that in substance affects a loan of money. A reportable loan is a loan or total in loans of $1,000 or more from one source in the same disclosure period. Unpaid accounts and invoices are also considered loans, and must be disclosed if the total value of any one account or invoice is $1,000 or more in one disclosure period.
The details of each reportable loan must be disclosed to the Authority. It is unlawful for a person to receive a reportable loan unless the person makes a record of the following:
Loans of less than $1,000 as well as loans from financial institutions are not reportable.
Q7 What is electoral expenditure?
Electoral expenditure is any expenditure for or in connection with promoting or opposing, directly or indirectly, a party or the election of a candidate or a group of candidates or for the purpose of influencing, directly or indirectly, the voting at an election.
Electoral communication expenditure is electoral expenditure of any of the following kinds:
The following kinds of electoral expenditure is not electoral communication expenditure: