Information for recipients

You are a recipient if you are one of the following persons or organisations:

  • a political party that is registered in Victoria
  • a 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.

Registered officers and agents

The registered officer or registered agent is the person responsible for managing your funding and disclosure obligations. Find out more about agents.

Where should recipients deposit political donations?

Recipients must deposit political donations into the 'State campaign account' they hold with an authorised deposit-taking institution as listed on the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority register.

Are there any limits on the political donations I can receive?

You cannot receive political donations equal to or more than the general donation cap from any single donor within the four-year period between two State elections.

The general donation cap is subject to change. For more information, please see the Indexation page.

When do I have to disclose political donations I receive?

You must disclose any political donation received equal to or more than the disclosure threshold via VEC Disclosures within 21 days of receiving the donation.

Disclose a political donation

You must notify the donor that they are also required to disclose the donation.

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

You do not need to disclose political donations received under the disclosure threshold (but you must notify the donor that they are required to disclose their donations once the total of their donations to you matches or exceeds the threshold).

Donations to associated entities and third-party campaigners

Not all gifts to associated entities or third-party campaigners are political donations and so may not need to be disclosed, regardless of the value of the gift. For more information, contact the VEC's Funding and Disclosure Unit .

Can I disclose political donations even if I don't have to do so?

There are no rules against over-disclosure. However, only donations that are required to be disclosed will be published on VEC Disclosures.

What information should I give to donors?

Recipients should provide donors with a receipt that clearly states the donation amount. Where applicable, the receipt should also show the donation-cost split, such as for an event or purchase.

Recipients must notify donors of their obligation to disclose their donation.

A donor has an obligation to disclose their donation when:

  • the individual donation is equal to or more than the disclosure threshold
  • a donation makes the total value of donations made to one recipient* within one financial year to meet or exceed the disclosure threshold
  • they make further donations after the donation threshold has been reached or exceeded (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 donation cap in combined donations to several candidates or elected members endorsed by the same party within the four-year period between elections. They 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.

Example

Freda is running as an independent candidate at the State election for her District. After chatting with constituents in the District about her policies at a local festival, 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 exceeds 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.

Some weeks later, Mary makes a further $1,000 donation to Freda's campaign, which means the total donations from Mary now exceed the disclosure threshold.

Freda must notify Mary that she now has an obligation to disclose the two donations as the amounts combined exceed 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 political donation over the general donation cap, can I return it?

If you could not have reasonably known that aggregated donations you have received have exceeded the general donation cap, you can return the portion of the donation that exceeds the general donation cap to the donor.

I’ve received a prohibited political donation, can I return it?

Political donation from any donor that is not an Australian Citizen, Australian resident or an Australian business with an Australian Business Number are prohibited. Political donations accepted from a donor when the recipient knows or should reasonably know that the donor has exceeded the general cap are also prohibited. Prohibited political donations cannot be returned to the donor and must be forfeited to the State.

Contact the VEC’s Funding and Disclosure Unit to discuss your situation and make arrangements to forfeit the amount

What are the consequences of not complying with the law?

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

Action

Consequences

Failing to disclose a donation equal to or more than the disclosure threshold via our online disclosure system within 21 days of receiving the donation.

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

Knowingly accepting a donation above the general donation cap, a foreign donation or an anonymous donation equal to or more than the disclosure threshold.

You must forfeit any of these donations to the State.

The fine for 300 penalty units (more than $49,000 and subject to yearly indexation).

The imprisonment term is up to two years.

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.

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 two years’ imprisonment.

Make a disclosure

To disclose a political donation or view donations that have been made, visit VEC Disclosures.

Disclose a political donation

VEC Disclosures is best viewed in Google Chrome.