Political parties, associated entities, individual candidates, groups and other persons may be required to submit a return to the Electoral Commissioner regarding the disclosure of gifts and expenditure and claims for public funding.
The Commission has produced Guidelines to Funding and Disclosure in Western Australia (PDF 386 KB) which outline the essential legislative requirements of the Electoral Act 1907 and provide guidance on disclosure of gifts and expenditure and claims for public funding.
All political parties must appoint an agent. Individual candidates, non-party groups and other persons may appoint an agent or accept responsibility for compliance with the Act.
Acceptance of donations from unidentified persons or sources equal to or more than $2,500 is prohibited under the Act. Gifts of $2,500 or more must be detailed.
All political parties and associated entities are required to lodge a return annually by November 30, disclosing all gifts and other income received for the previous financial year.
Political parties are required to disclose expenditure incurred in an election.
Candidates and groups are required to disclose all gifts received and expenditure incurred during the disclosure period for the election. This ends 30 days after polling day, and for previous candidates, commences 30 days after polling day in the previous election, or for new candidates from one year prior to the day of nomination in the present election. For groups, it commences from the hour of nomination.
Persons other than political parties, associated entities, candidates and groups who incur expenditure for political purposes are required to disclose all gifts received and expenditure incurred during the disclosure period for the election. This is the same period as for previous candidates described above. If the total amount of expenditure does not exceed $500, a return is not required.
Election returns must be sent to the Electoral Commissioner within 15 weeks after polling day. A penalty is prescribed for non-compliance.