Electoral Commission of Queensland

Funding and Disclosure

Possible changes to local government election expenditure and donation disclosures

On 1 May 2019 the Local Government Electoral (Implementing Stage 2 of Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced to State parliament.

Should the Bill pass, all candidates (including sitting Councillors) and groups of candidates contesting the 2020 local government elections will need to keep election donation and expenditure records from 1 May 2019.

These records will have to be disclosed to the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) within 14 days of the laws coming into effect.

Disclosure returns

All candidates, registered political parties, associated entities, groups and individuals are required to submit a return to ECQ disclosing details on any loans, donation and gifts given and/or received. All returns received prior to the introduction of the Electronic Disclosure System (EDS) on 1 March 2017 are published, as submitted, on the disclosure returns page of this website. All reportable transactions received after that date are published on EDS.

Information on the requirements and obligations for persons or entities making a disclosure to ECQ can be found in the sections below:

Election funding

A candidate or registered political party, at a state election or by-election, may apply for a reimbursement of electoral expenditure.

Application forms can be found on the handbooks and forms page and can be submitted in person, by fax, email or post. The claim must be accompanied with supporting documentation such as invoices or receipts. Supporting documents must be kept by the candidate or party for three years after the lodgement date.

Policy development funding

A registered political party is eligible for policy development funding if the party:

  • was registered at the last general state election and has remained registered
  • has at least 1 elected member of parliament.

Detailed information is available in the funding and disclosure handbook.

Notification of approved forms

The following forms have been approved by the Electoral Commissioner for Queensland.

Electoral Act 1992

Form Number Title Version Date of Approval
QFD10 Special Reporting Event by Registered Political Party or Associated Entity November 2017 23 November 2017

Local Government Electoral Act 2011

Form Number Title Version Date of Approval
QLG01A Real Time Return for Candidates and Groups June 2017 4 August 2017
QLG01B Periodic Return for Candidates and Groups July 2017 4 August 2017
QLG02 Real Time Return for Third Parties July 2017 4 August 2017
QLG03 Request to Amend a Return August 2017 4 August 2017
These forms are only available to persons not able to lodge via the electronic disclosure system. All requests to access these forms must be made to the Funding and Disclosure Unit by calling 1300 881 665 or at the ECQ office during business hours.