Annual returns

An annual return is a summary of money received and costs incurred in a financial year.

2022-23 annual returns

Annual returns for the 2022-23 financial year are now available on VEC Disclosures.

Find returns

Who needs to provide an annual return?

  • registered political parties
  • independent candidates
  • groups of independent Legislative Council (upper house) candidates
  • independent elected members (MPs)
  • associated entities
  • third-party campaigners
  • nominated entities.

Due date

20 October each year (16 weeks after end of financial year).

Annual returns from 2018 onwards are published on VEC Disclosures.

Information for specific entities

Annual returns for registered political parties

Annual returns for associated entities

Annual returns for nominated entities

Annual returns for independent candidates, groups and independent members

Annual returns for third-party campaigners

Where can I get help with my return?

Expand the accordion below for instructions on how to submit your annual return.

There are also checklists to follow on the different entity pages.

If you have any questions email or call 131 832.

Record keeping

You must keep any records related to electoral expenditure, political expenditure, and donations.

You must keep these records for at least 4 years from:

  • the relevant election day (for any funding you receive from us)
  • the date of an online donation disclosure
  • the date you submit an annual return to us

Records must be kept in paper or electronic form. These records must be available if we require them. There are penalties for submitting false or misleading information.

Examples of related records include:

  • audit records, including statements and certificates
  • receipts
  • transaction records such as bank or credit card statements
  • deposit or cash books
  • receipt or acknowledgement books
  • financial journals or ledgers
  • payroll records.

You may need to keep these records for longer for other purposes, such as your tax obligations. You should consult a tax professional with any tax queries.