Under section 130A(5) of the Electoral Act 1985:
- A gift or loan made to a member of a group is taken to be a gift or loan to the group if it was made for the benefit of all members of the group.
- A gift or loan is taken to be made to a registered political party if it was made to:
- an endorsed candidate who is not a member of a group, or
- a group all of whose members are endorsed by the same registered political party.
As a result, gifts or loans made to an endorsed candidate or endorsed group will be disclosed in the party’s Political Party Return.
If no details are required to be included in a Campaign Donations Returns of an endorsed candidate or endorsed group (ie it is a nil return), then the return is not required to be lodged (section 130ZF(5a) of the Electoral Act 1985).
Note: unendorsed candidates and unendorsed groups are still required to lodge nil Campaign Donations Returns.