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2023 candidate and third party returns

Feb 22, 2024 | News

Candidate and third party returns for the 2023 General Election have been published on the Electoral Commission’s website. 

Electorate candidates must report how much was spent on election advertising promoting their candidacy (their election expenses) and whether they received donations that meet the thresholds for disclosure. They must also declare any loans they received.

Read a summary and download copies of the returns 

Third party promoters who spent more than $100,000 on advertising for the election also had to file a return setting out their advertising expenses.

See the third party returns 

The deadline for candidate and third party returns was 14 February 2024. 

Spending limits

The expense limit for electorate candidates during the regulated period (14 July to 13 October 2023) was $32,600 including GST.

Electorate candidates must also declare donations of more $1,500 and overseas donations over $50. There is no limit to the amount of donations a candidate can receive, other than from overseas and anonymous donors.

Read the rules for candidate expenses and donations

The expense limit for registered third party promoters during the regulated period was $391,000 including GST.

Third party promoters do not need to declare donations or loans to their campaign.

Read the rules for third party promoters 

Party returns

Political party election expense and broadcasting allocation returns for the 2023 General Election are due on 13 March 2024.

Annual returns from parties on donations and loans are due on 30 April 2024.

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