Electoral Commission of Queensland

Prohibited Donors Scheme

Queensland law bans political donations from property developers and industry bodies which have property developers as the majority of their members. It is illegal to make or accept these prohibited donations. It is also against the law to solicit someone to make a donation on behalf of a prohibited donor.

The ECQ administers the Prohibited Donors Scheme. If you are unsure about whether you can make political donations, you may apply to the ECQ for a determination. According to the State's electoral laws, the Electoral Commissioner (or delegate) may only determine an applicant is not a prohibited donor, or make no determination.

Spence v State of Queensland

On 17 April 2019, the High Court of Australia made orders in relation to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, in the matter of Spence v State of Queensland.

The Electoral Commissioner has made a decision regarding action required as a result of the High Court ruling.
See the full Statement of Reasons (PDF, 62.3 KB).

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