Disclosure of political donations and electoral expenditure

What is disclosure?

A disclosure return is the reporting of all donations, loans, and expenditure incurred for an election campaign. These must be reported to the ECQ under the Electoral Act 1992 and the Local Government Electoral Act 2011. All disclosures are made through the Electronic Disclosure System (EDS) and are available to the public.

Public disclosure ensures the integrity and transparency of political campaign funding in Queensland. The ECQ conducts audits and compliance activities to ensure the integrity of disclosure information. Non-compliance with disclosure laws carries significant penalties.

Who needs to make a disclosure?

  • Candidates (or their agent)
  • Groups of candidates (or their agent)
  • Agents of registered political parties
  • Financial controllers of associated entities
  • Third party campaigners
  • Political donors

How do I make a disclosure?

Disclosures must be lodged via the EDS and can be viewed by the public. Need help using the EDS?

What needs to be disclosed?

All details of donations and loans made, and expenditure incurred towards an election, must be disclosed.

In general, the threshold for disclosure to registered political parties and State candidates is $1,000 (cumulative between January – June, and July – December each year),and $500 (cumulative) for local government elections.

Registered political parties and associated entities have additional reporting obligations. More information can be found on our registered political parties page.

All election participants should be familiar with the requirements that apply to their circumstances.

Notification of approved forms

The following forms have been approved by the Electoral Commissioner for Queensland.

Some forms are available on the handbooks, fact sheets and forms page. Forms relating to financial disclosure must be lodged via the Electronic Disclosure System. All requests to access these forms must be made to the Funding & Disclosure Unit by calling 1300 881 665 or at the ECQ office during business hours.

Electoral Act 1992

Form Number

Title

Version

Date of Approval

Form 5

Nomination form for State election (endorsed candidate)

August 2020

17 July 2020

Form 5A

Endorsed Candidates Consent and Declaration

August 2020

17 July 2020

Form 6

Nomination of candidate (non-endorsed)

August 2020

17 July 2020

QFD01A

Real Time Return for State Candidates

July 2019

25 June 2019

QFD01B

Periodic Return for State Candidates

July 2019

25 June 2019

QFD03B

Individual Reporting a Gift Made

July 2019

25 June 2019

QFD17

Registration of EFT Details for Policy Development Payments

July 2019

25 June 2019

QFD25

Request to Amend a Return or Claim

July 2019

25 June 2019

QPR01

Application to Register a Political Party

July 2019

25 June 2019

QPR02

Application to Change the Register of Political Parties

July 2019

25 June 2019

QPR03

Nomination of a Deputy Registered Officer

July 2019

25 June 2019

QPR04

Quarterly Report

July 2019

25 June 2019

QPR05

Notice of Appointment of an Agent by a Registered Political Party

July 2019

25 June 2019

QSG01

Application to Register a Political Party

August 2020

17 July 2020

QSG01A

Real Time Gift-Loan Disclosure

August 2020

29 July 2020

QSG02

Application to Change the Register of Political Parties

August 2020

17 July 2020

QSG02A

Donor Reporting Gift Made

August 2020

29 July 2020

QSG03

Nomination of a Deputy Registered Officer

August 2020

17 July 2020

QSG04A

Registration of a Third Party – An Individual

August 2020

17 July 2020

QSG04B

Registration of a Third Party – An Organisation

August 2020

17 July 2020

QSG07

Change of Details of a Third Party Registration

August 2020

17 July 2020

QSG08A

Appointment of An Agent – Registered Political Party

August 2020

17 July 2020

QSG08B

Appointment of An Agent - Candidate

August 2020

17 July 2020

QSG08C

Appointment of An Agent – Third Party

August 2020

17 July 2020

QSG09

Removal of Agent

August 2020

17 July 2020

QSG14A

Claim for Payment of Election Funding for Registered Political Parties

March 2020

27 March 2020

QSG14B

Claim for Payment of Election Funding for Candidates

March 2020

27 March 2020

QSG16A

State Campaign Account Details – Registered Political Party

August 2020

17 July 2020

QSG16B

State Campaign Account Details – Candidates

August 2020

17 July 2020

QSG16C

State Campaign Account Details – Third Party

August 2020

17 July 2020

QSG18

Endorsement of a Candidate by a Registered Political Party

August 2020

17 July 2020

QSG20

Withdrawal of Endorsement of Candidate by Registered Political Party

August 2020

17 July 2020

QSG30

Real Time Return for Third Parties

November 2020

31 October 2020

QSG31

Election Summary Return - Publisher

November 2020

31 October 2020

QSG32

Election Summary Return – Broadcasters

November 2020

31 October 2020

QSG33

Election Summary Return – Candidates

November 2020

28 October 2020

QSG34

Election Summary Return - RPP

November 2020

28 October 2020

QSG35

Election Summary Return – Associated Entities

November 2020

28 October 2020

QSG36

Election Summary Return – Third Parties

November 2020

28 October 2020

Local Government Electoral Act 2011

Form Number

Title

Version

Date of Approval

QLG01A

Real-Time Gift-Loan Disclosure Return

January 2020

23 December 2019

QLG01B

Election Summary Return Local Government Election Candidates

January 2020

23 December 2019

QLG01C

Real-Time Electoral Expenditure Return for Candidates and Groups

January 2020

23 December 2019

QLG02A

Real-Time Gift Disclosure Return

January 2020

23 December 2019

QLG02B

Election Summary Return Third Parties

January 2020

23 December 2019

QLG02C

Real-Time Political Expenditure Return

January 2020

23 December 2019

QLG03

Request to Amend a Return

January 2020

23 December 2019

QLG04A

Transitional Gift-Loan Disclosure Return

January 2020

23 December 2019

QLG04B

Transitional Summary Return for Councillors and Announced Candidates

January 2020

23 December 2019

QLG04C

Transitional Electoral Expenditure Return

January 2020

23 December 2019

QLG05A

Application to Register a Group of Candidates

January 2020

23 December 2019

QLG05B

Application to Modify a Group of Candidates

January 2020

23 December 2019

QLG05C

Application to Deregister a Group of Candidates

January 2020

23 December 2019

QLG05D

Appointment or Removal of Agent for a Group of Candidates

January 2020

23 December 2019

QLG05E

Registration as Agent of a Group of Candidates

January 2020

23 December 2019

More information

Alternatively you can contact the Funding and Disclosure Unit by phone 1300 881 665 or email fad@ecq.qld.gov.au.