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Party expenses for the 2020 General Election

Mar 30, 2021 | News

Details of how much political parties spent on advertising for the 2020 General Election have been published on the Electoral Commission website.

The returns from registered parties set out their election advertising and broadcasting allocation expenses for the regulated period before the election (18 August to 16 October 2020).

See a summary and downloadable copies of the 2020 party expense returns 

There were limits on how much parties could spend on advertising during the regulated period. Registered parties could spend up to $1,199,000 (including GST), plus $28,200 (including GST) for each electorate they contested by standing a candidate.

Read about the expenditure rules in the 2020 Party Secretary Handbook

Registered parties could also receive additional funding for television, radio, and internet advertising through the Broadcasting Allocation.

See what parties received in the 2020 Broadcasting Allocation

Donations to parties

Donations and loans to registered parties are reported separately in annual returns which are due on 30 April 2021.

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