The laws regarding political donations for state elections are very strict. Certain restrictions apply to the making of political donations, including purchasing tickets to fundraising events. By offering to make a donation you confirm your understanding and acceptance of the legal requirements and affirm that you are eligible to make a donation.
There are donation limits imposed by the NSW Electoral Commission in accordance with the Electoral Funding Act 2018 (NSW). To check where you sit within the Donation Cap please contact the NSW National Head office on 02 9299 5811.
Limitation on Donations to Political Parties
There is a cap on political donations to the NSW Nationals. The cap is $7,000 for aggregated political donations to or for the benefit of a registered political party during the 2022/2023 financial year. This contribution is considered a donation to the NSW Nationals. From January 2020 it is illegal for any individual to donate over $100 in cash to any political party.
Property developers, tobacco industry business entities, for-profit liquor or gambling business entities (including any industry representative organisation where the majority of its members are these entities) and their close associates are prohibited donors. A director or officer or person whose voting power is greater than 20% (and their spouses) are considered to be a close associate, as is a person in a joint venture or partnership with a property developer. Further, the spouse of a prohibited individual donor is a close associate. It is unlawful for a prohibited donor to make a political donation. If you make a donation and within 12 months become a property developer an amount that is double the amount or value of the donation will be payable to the State.
If you make a political donation or incur electoral expenditure of $1,000 or more, you must complete and lodge a declaration with the Electoral Commission in accordance with the Electoral Funding Act 2018. A political donation includes a contribution or entry fee or an annual or other subscription. You must also disclose a political donation of less than $1,000 if the total amount of political donations made by you in respect of the same party (or associated entity), elected member, group, candidate, third-party campaigner or person in the same financial year is $1,000 or more. Penalties apply for failing to lodge a declaration.
The above is a summary only. For the complete requirements, see Part 3 of the Electoral Funding Act 2018 (NSW)