Act Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981.
Agent A party agent or an official agent. A party agent is the registered agent of a registered political party. An official agent is the registered agent of candidate, group or an elected member.
Assembly Legislative Assembly of New South Wales.
Auditor A registered company auditor within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001 of the Commonwealth.
Authority Election Funding Authority of New South Wales.
By-election In relation to State elections – means a by-election for the Legislative Assembly. In relation to Local Government elections – means a by-election for a councillor (including the mayor) of a local council or a local government area.
Candidate A person nominated as a candidate at an election, and includes a person applying for registration as, or registered as, a candidate in the Register of Candidates for the election. A candidate is also a person who accepts a gift for a purpose related to being a candidate at a future election.
A person who is a candidate in an election remains a candidate for 30 days after the election day for that election.
Contest(ed) Where more than one person contends or competes in an election.
Disclosure period A 12-month period ending 30 June
Donor A person or legal entity that makes a gift of money or in-kind to candidate, a group of candidates, an elected member or a political party, or who incurs electoral expenditure.
Donation in kind (gift in-kind) A gift of goods and/or services at no charge or at a disclounted charge.
EFA The Election Funding Authority of New South Wales.
Elected member A member of Parliament or a local government councillor (including a mayor). This includes a person who has ceased to be an elected member but is entitled to remuneration as such.
Election An Assembly general election or by-election, a periodic Council election, a local government general election or by-election.
Election Day or polling day is the day for the taking of the polls at an election.
Election Period The election period of an election includes the period starting 30 days after election day for the previous general election and ending 30 days after election day for the current election.
Electoral District A district for the election of a member to serve in the Assembly.
Electoral Expenditure Expenditure for or in connection with promoting or opposing, directly or indirectly, a party or the election of a candidate or candidates or for the purpose of influencing, directly or indirectly, the voting at an election. Expenditure includes any disposition of property.
Endorsed In relation to a political party, means endorsed, selected or otherwise accredited to stand as a representative of the party.
Entity An incorporated or unincorporated body or a trustee of a trust.
General Election In relation to State elections - assembly general election and a periodic Council election held or to be held concurrently. In relation to Local Government elections - an election other than a by-election for the office of councillor or mayor.
Gift Any disposition of property made by a person to another person, otherwise than by will, being a disposition made without consideration in money or money's worth or with inadequate consideration, and includes the provision of a service (other than volunteer labour) for no consideration or for inadequate consideration.
Group A group of candidates, or part of a group of candidates, for an election. For the purposes of the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981, a group also includes a group of individuals that intends to accept a gift for a purpose related to being a group at a future election. A group of candidates in an election remain a group for 30 days after the election day for that election.
Head Candidate The candidate whose name appears first on the ‘Claim to be included in a group’ lodged with the New South Wales Electoral Commission.
Legislative Council The Legislative Council of New South Wales is the Upper House in the system of government and is often referred to as a House of Review.
Local Government election An election under the Local Government Act 1993 for the office of councillor or mayor under that Act (other than an election of mayor by councillors).
Nomination Day Or day of nomination is the day by which all nominations of candidates must be made.
Official Agent A person who is appointed by a candidate or group of candidates to act on behalf of himself/herself or the group. A person appointed as an official agent assumes full responsibility for complying with the requirements of the Act and Regulation.
Parliament The Parliament of New South Wales.
Party A body or organisation, incorporated or unincorporated, having as one of its objects or activities the promotion of the election to parliament of a candidate or a group of candidates endorsed by it or by a body or organisation of which it forms part.
Periodic Council Election An election held for the return of 21 members of the Legislative Council.
Person Includes an individual, a corporation a body corporate or a politic.
Political donation A gift made to an elected member, a party, a candidate or a group of candidates. This includes, but is not limited to:
Primary Votes In relation to a candidate at an election the total number of formal first preference votes recorded for the candidate on all ballot papers. In relation to a group of candidates, or a party with endorsed candidates, at an election, the total number of formal first preference votes recorded for the candidates on all ballot papers other than the votes recorded for candidates for election to the Assembly.
Registered (except in the case of a party) means registered in accordance with the Act.
Registered agent See Agent, above. Official agents and party agents must be registered by the EFA.
Registered political party A party registered under Part 4A of the Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Act 1912 and Local Government Act 1993, being a party which stated in its application for registration that it wished to be registered for the purposes of the Act.
Regulation Election Funding , Expenditure and Disclosures Regulation 2009.
Reportable loan A loan of $1,000 or more from a non-financial institution.
Reportable political donation A political donation or donations totalling $1,000 or more by a single person or entity within a financial year.
Returning officer In relation to State elections - a person who is legally authorised to act on behalf of the New South Wales Electoral Commission to manage a Legislative assembly election for an electoral district. In relation to Local Governemnt elections - a person appointed by the New South Wales Electoral Commission to each council area to conduct the election on behalf of and under the direction of the Electoral Commissioner.
Small political donation A political donation or donations that are less than $1,000 each or multiple donations from the same donor in the same financial year that total less than $1,000.
Writ The document issued by the Governor-General ordering the election of a member or members of parliament.