Third-party campaigners

Register electoral material (how to votes)

All electoral material (how to votes) that is to be distributed on Election Day by Registered Political Parties, groups, candidates, and any other person or organisation must be registered with and approved by the Electoral Commissioner.

It is an offence to distribute electoral material on Election Day unless the material has been registered by the Electoral Commissioner. 'Distribution' also means the placement of electoral material that can be collected by electors.


Have you incurred, or are you likely to incur, electoral communication expenditure during the expenditure period for the 2017 Local Council Elections?

If so, you may have legal obligations as a third-party campaigner that you should be aware of. Penalties may apply for non-compliance.

What is a third-party campaigner?

A third-party campaigner at a local Council election is an entity or individual incurring more than $2,000 in electoral communication expenditure for a local Council election during the local government expenditure period.

The local government expenditure period

The local government expenditure period for the 2017 local Council elections is 1 July 2017 to 9 September 2017 (election day).

Registration and appointment of an official agent

A third-party campaigner must be registered with the NSWEC for an election and appoint a person as official agent before incurring more than $2,000 in electoral communication expenditure for the 2017 local council elections during the local government expenditure period.

It is an offence to incur more than $2,000 in electoral communication expenditure during the local government expenditure period before you are registered for the election.

The official agent is a person who is responsible for managing the third-party campaigner’s electoral expenditure and any political donations received or made. The NSWEC must be notified of the appointment of an official agent.

Apply to be registered as a third-party campaigner and appoint and official agent (PDF 60.0KB)

Caps on political donations

Third-party campaigners must comply with specific requirements when making or receiving political donations. Donations are subject to specified limits.

More about caps on political donations

Disclosure of political donations and electoral expenditure

The official agent of each third-party campaigner must disclose to the NSWEC all political donations made and received in a reporting period and all electoral communication expenditure incurred in the local government expenditure period for a local council election.

More about making a disclosure

Campaign accounts

Third-party campaigners are required to keep a campaign account. The campaign account is used to make payments for electoral communication expenditure and deposit political donations received.

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Record keeping

Third-party campaigners are required to keep complete and accurate accounting records of political donations and electoral expenditure.

More about record keeping