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Administering political party registrations and financial disclosure

The AEC helps stakeholders carry out their obligations and responsibilities under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918. This includes maintaining the funding and disclosure scheme, and providing information and services to political parties that support political party registration.

The AEC maintains the Register of Political Parties and, under the Commonwealth funding and financial disclosure scheme, requires groups and individuals to lodge annual or election period financial disclosure returns. Returns disclose detailed financial information about donations to political parties and election campaigns, and can be securely lodged online through the AEC’s eReturns system. The AEC undertakes annual compliance reviews of disclosure returns.

The AEC administers public funding for political parties and candidates contesting federal elections and by-elections. Election funding rates are available on the AEC website.

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