Information for donors

Am I a donor?

Donors are Australian citizens, residents or businesses that make a political donation to one of the following:

  • a political party that is registered in Victoria
  • candidate at a Victorian State election
  • a group of Legislative Council (Upper House) candidates at a Victorian State election
  • an elected member of the Victorian State Parliament
  • an associated entity operating in Victoria
  • a nominated entity of a political party registered in Victoria
  • a third-party campaigner operating in Victoria.

You are not allowed to make a political donation if you are not an Australian citizen or Australian resident, or an Australian business with an Australian Business Number.

Are there limits on the political donations I can make?

You cannot:

  • donate more than the general donation cap to any single recipient* within the four-year election period between two State elections
  • donate to more than six third-party campaigners within the four-year election period.

*A single recipient could be made up of:

  • a registered political party, its endorsed candidates, elected members and its nominated entity
  • members of a group of independent Legislative Council (Upper House) candidates.

This means you cannot give more than the general donation cap in combined donations to several candidates or elected members endorsed by the same party within the four-year period between elections. You also cannot give more than the general donation cap in combined donations to members of a group of independent candidates within the four-year period between elections.

When do I have to disclose the political donations I make?

You must disclose donations equal to or more than the disclosure threshold via VEC Disclosures within 21 days of making the donation.

Disclose a political donation

If you make several political donations to the same recipient within the same financial year and the total matches or exceeds the disclosure threshold, you must disclose each donation.

If this is the case, you must disclose each donation within 21 days of making the donation that resulted in the total meeting or exceeding the disclosure threshold.

If you make further donations after matching or exceeding the disclosure threshold, you must also disclose each additional donation you make.

If your donation requires disclosure, the recipient is obliged to let you know.

Examples

Example 1

Rakesh donates $2,000 to his preferred registered political party. The party provides Rakesh with a receipt and notifies him that he must disclose his donation online within 21 days of making the donation.

Rakesh goes to VEC Disclosures and discloses this donation.

Example 2

In July, Mary sets up a direct transfer to donate $300 from her bank account every two months to her local Member of Parliament (MP).

The following March, after Mary’s fourth donation, the MP emails Mary to let her know that her donations have now added up to $1,200. The MP tells Mary that this amount exceeds the disclosure threshold under Victoria’s political donations laws and that she must disclose the donations online.

Mary goes to VEC Disclosures and makes four disclosures: one for each payment in July, September, December and March.

In May and for each donation thereafter, Mary logs on again to disclose a further $300 donation. 

When don't I need to disclose a political donation?

You do not need to disclose small contributions of $52* or less.

*This amount is indexed and will change on 1 July each year. See the Indexation page for more information.

What information do I need to include when disclosing a political donation?

You must provide the following information via VEC Disclosures:

  • your name and address
  • the name of the recipient of your donation
  • the date(s) you donated
  • the type of donation (e.g. money, service, loan, guarantee, property)
  • the amount of the donation (this may require evidence of the value, e.g. if the donation was room or office equipment hire).

These details will be published on VEC Disclosures, except for your full address. Only your suburb and state details will be published. If you are a silent elector, none of your address details will be published.

What are the consequences of not complying with the law?

Donors may face fines or imprisonment if they do not comply with political donation laws.

If you give a political donation which is prohibited by the Electoral Act 2002 and the recipient accepts the donation, the recipient must forfeit your donation to the State.

Action

Consequence

Failing to disclose any donation of or above the disclosure threshold amount via VEC Disclosures within 21 days of donating (including multiple donations to one recipient that reach or exceed the threshold).

200 penalty units (more than $33,000 from 1 July 2020 and subject to yearly indexation).

 

Giving false or misleading information about a donation.

300 penalty units (more than $49,000 from 1 July 2020 and subject to yearly indexation) and/or up to two years' imprisonment.

Failing to keep evidence of a donation (e.g. a receipt) for at least four years after the donation.

200 penalty units (more than $33,000 from 1 July 2020 and subject to yearly indexation).

Knowingly giving a foreign donation, giving an anonymous donation equal to or above the disclosure threshold, giving a donation above the general donation cap or making donations to more than six third party campaigners during the four years between elections.

300 penalty units (more than $49,000 from 1 July 2020 and subject to yearly indexation) or two years' imprisonment.

 

Entering or carrying out a scheme to avoid a ban or requirement under the funding and disclosure provisions of the Act.

Up to 10 years' imprisonment.

Make a disclosure

To disclose a political donation or view existing donations, visit VEC Disclosures.

Disclose a political donation

VEC Disclosures is best viewed using Google Chrome.