Information for recipients
Donation recipients are:
- political parties registered in Victoria
- Victorian State election candidates
- groups of Legislative Council (Upper House) candidates at a Victorian State election
- elected members of the Victorian Parliament
- associated entities operating in Victoria
- nominated entities of political parties registered in Victoria
- third-party campaigners operating in Victoria.
Registered officers and agents
Your registered officer or registered agent is responsible for managing your funding and disclosure obligations.
Where should donation funds be deposited?
You must deposit all political donations into your state campaign account. This is a financial account all recipients must set up with an authorised deposit-taking institute (a bank, building or credit society).
Read more about state campaign accounts
You cannot receive donations of or more than the general cap from any single donor in the 4 years between two state elections.
The general cap amount is indexed on 1 July each year. The Indexation page has more information.
You must tell us about any donation you have received that are equal to or more than the disclosure threshold. You must do this on VEC Disclosures within 21 days of receiving the donation.
You must notify the donor that they also must disclose their donation.
Donations you have received that are under the disclosure threshold do not need to be disclosed to us. You must notify the donor that they need to disclose their donations if the total amount they pay to you meets or exceeds the disclosure threshold in a financial year.
Associated entities and third-party campaigners
Not all gifts to associated entities or third-party campaigners are political donations. Gifts that are not donations do not need to be disclosed to us, regardless of the value of the gift.
For more information contact us at email@example.com.
Can I disclose donations even if I don't have to?
There are no laws that say you cannot over-disclose. However, only donations that legally must be disclosed to us will be published on VEC Disclosures.
What do I need to give to donors?
You should provide your donors with a receipt that clearly states the donation amount. The receipt should show each item if there are more than one making up the total cost.
You must tell your donors about their obligation to disclose their donation.
Donors must disclose their donations if:
- the individual donation is equal to or more than the disclosure threshold
- the total value of multiple donations to a single recipient in a financial year meets or exceeds the disclosure threshold
- they make more donations to a recipient after the donation threshold has been met within one financial year (each donation must be disclosed).
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.
Donors cannot give more than the general cap in combined donations to several party candidates or elected party members in the 4 years between elections. They also cannot give more than the general cap in combined donations to members of a group of independent candidates in the 4 years between elections.
Freda is running as an independent candidate for her district at the state election. After chatting with some locals in the district she receives two donations: one from Rakesh for $2,000, and another from Mary for $300.
Freda gives each of them a receipt and notifies Rakesh that he must disclose the donation, as it is over the disclosure threshold. Freda must also disclose Rakesh's donation of $2,000 but she does not need to disclose Mary's donation of $300.
A few weeks later, Mary makes another donation of $1,000 to Freda's campaign. Mary has now donated $1300 in total, which is above the disclosure threshold.
Freda must notify Mary that she now must disclose both donations as the combined total is above the disclosure threshold. However, Freda does not have to disclose any of Mary's donations herself because none of them individually exceed the disclosure threshold.
I've received a banned donation, can I return it?
Donations can only be made by Australian citizens, Australian residents or Australian businesses with an Australian Business Number (ABN). Foreign donations are prohibited by law.
Donations above the general cap are also prohibited. If you receive multiple donations from one donor, and could not have reasonably known that the total of these donations has exceeded the general cap, you can return the amount above the general cap to the donor.
If that isn't the case, and you accept a donation above the general cap, it must be forfeited to us and cannot be returned to the donor. You are considered to have accepted a donation if you:
- disclose or reconcile the donation in VEC Disclosures
- fail to refund to the donor the amount over the cap within a reasonable period of time.
If you don't take immediate action to reject an unlawful donation once it is identified, your legal obligations apply as if you accepted the donation. For donations made electronically, you may need to contact your bank or payment gateway to help you process the refund.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your situation and make arrangements to forfeit a banned donation.
There are fines or possible prison terms for recipients who do not comply with political donation laws.
All fine amounts are indexed annually. Learn more about indexation.
Not disclosing a donation of or above the disclosure threshold within 21 days of receiving the donation.
Knowingly accepting a banned donation. Banned donations are:
You must give up any of these donations to the state.
The fine is 300 penalty units or up to 2 years' prison time.
Planning or acting out a scheme to avoid prohibited donations laws.
Up to 10 years' prison time.
Giving false or misleading information about a donation.
300 penalty units and up to 2 years' prison time.
Make a disclosure
To disclose a political donation or view existing donations, visit VEC Disclosures.
VEC Disclosures is best viewed using Google Chrome.
Resources for recipients
- Registered agent nomination form (pdf, 387.0 kb)
- Nominated Entity Appointment - online disclosure system form (pdf, 706.5 kb)
- VEC Disclosures - Functions guide for registered political parties (pdf, 2.2 mb)
- VEC Disclosures - Guide for associated entities, third-party campaigners, independent candidates, and independent elected members (pdf, 2.3 mb)
- VEC Disclosures - Portal guide (pdf, 3.0 mb)