Important laws for local council elections – applicable for 2018
These new laws that were brought into effect on 01 July 2016 promote the integrity in the Local Government electoral process.
There are three main changes which you need to be aware of for all NSW Local Council elections:
Caps on political donations. The caps are $5,900 for any political donation for the benefit of a registered party or a group, and $2,600 for any political donation for the benefit of an unregistered party, elected member, candidate or third-party campaigner. More information
Regulation of third-party campaigners. Individuals and entities that incur more than $2,000 in electoral communication expenditure during the Local Government expenditure period for a Local Council election must be registered with the NSWEC and appoint an official agent. More information
Political parties to keep a campaign account. Political parties that incur electoral expenditure for a Local Council election must keep a campaign account. More information
Candidates must first register –before accepting political donations or incurring electoral expenditure. More information
Electoral Funding and disclosure laws are administered by the NSW Electoral Commission. This information has been sourced from the NSWEC.
For more information you are directed to the NSW Electoral Commission local government event website www.elections.nsw.gov.au/fd for any enquiries regarding their funding and disclosure obligations.