Disclosure of political donations

Funding and Disclosure

Please be aware of possible changes to local government election expenditure and donation disclosures.

Should the Bill pass, all candidates (including sitting Councillors) and groups of candidates contesting the 2020 local government elections will need to keep election donation and expenditure records from 1 May 2019.

These records will have to be disclosed to the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) within 14 days of the laws coming into effect.

Disclosure returns

All candidates, registered political parties, associated entities, groups and individuals are required to submit a return to ECQ disclosing details on any loans, donation and gifts given and/or received. All returns received prior to the introduction of the Electronic Disclosure System (EDS) on 1 March 2017 are published, as submitted, on the disclosure returns page of this website. All reportable transactions received after that date are published on EDS.

Information on the requirements and obligations for persons or entities making a disclosure to ECQ can be found in the sections below:

Policy development funding

A registered political party is eligible for policy development funding if the party:

  • was registered at the last general state election and has remained registered
  • has at least 1 elected member of parliament.

Detailed information is available in the funding and disclosure handbook.

Notification of approved forms

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

Electoral Act 1992

Form Number

Title

Version

Date of Approval

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

QFD10

Special Reporting Event by a Registered Political Party or Associated Entity

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

Local Government Electoral Act 2011

Form Number

Title

Version

Date of Approval

QLG03

Request to Amend a Return

July 2019

25 June 2019

These forms are only available to persons not able to lodge via the electronic disclosure system. All requests to access these forms must be made to the Funding and Disclosure Unit by calling 1300 881 665 or at the ECQ office during business hours.