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.
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)