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Election Returns Locator Service

Background information

The financial disclosure scheme seeks to ensure that the public is aware of major sources of party and candidate funding.

It requires election period and annual returns to be lodged by participants in the political process.

Election Returns are lodged by:

An explanation of these returns is available by selecting the return category.

Annual returns are lodged by political parties, associated entities and donors to political parties (or for their benefit) and third parties incurring political expenditure. These returns are available at Annual Returns

Definitions of key terms used are in the Glossary. Detailed information about the financial disclosure scheme is available in Financial Disclosure Guides.

This election returns database contains scanned PDF copies of substantive election returns lodged with the AEC. Facilities are available to search for returns by election year, party or by state. The majority of candidate returns are 'nil' returns. These returns are listed on this website but PDF copies are not available.

Media Returns are no longer required following legislative changes in 2006.


While all efforts have been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information in the database the definitive information is that contained on the returns. Any information obtained through interrogating the database should be confirmed with the copies of the original Returns (PDF files).

Other Services

Email Update Service

You can subscribe to the Update Service which will alert you to lodgement of outstanding returns or amendments to returns lodged after 05 May 2008.

Viewing PDF files

If you cannot view the original returns (which are stored in Adobe Acrobat PDF format) with your Internet browser, click on the icon below.

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Please email any suggestions or comments on the Election Returns Locator Service to the Director, Funding and Disclosure.

Media Contact

Director Media and Communication, telephone: 02 6271 4415.

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