Election Campaign Donation Returns Disclosure

Section 62(1) of the Local Government Act 1989 (‘Act’) requires that within 40 days after election day (by 6 December 2012) all candidates must submit an election campaign donation return (‘Return’) to the Chief Executive Officer (‘CEO’). Section 62(1) of the Act requires a Return to be in a prescribed form and contain prescribed details in respect of any gifts received during the donation period by a candidate or on behalf of a candidate, to be used for, or in connection with, the election campaign. Regulation 115 of the Local Government (Electoral) Regulations 2005 sets out the prescribed details of a Return.  

Section 62A of the Act requires the CEO to submit a written report to the Minister within 14 days after the period specified in section 62(1) specifying the names of the election candidates and those candidates who submitted a Return under section 62(1) of the Act.

Section 62A(2) of the Act requires the CEO to ensure that within 14 days after the period specified in section 62(1), a summary of each Return given to the CEO pursuant to section 62 is made available on Council’s website. Section 62A(2A) of the Act requires that Returns given to the CEO after the period specified in 62(1), also be summarised summarised on Council’s website.

A summary of a Return must include the name of the candidate and, if a gift is included in the Return, the name of the person who made the gift and the total value of the gift received from that person (section 62A(2B) of the Act). 

A summary of a Return must remain on Council’s website until the entitlement date for the next general election (section 62A(2C) of the Act). 

Copies of Returns must be available for inspection at Council’s offices for a period of four years from the date given under section 62 of the Act.

Election Campaign Donation Returns 2016(PDF, 100KB)