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Mind The Gap: An Interactive Report Into Accountability In Political Donations
This special report provides a window into the murky world of political donations.
Rosie Williams
26th Feb 2020
Political Donations

Earlier this month, The Guardian reported that the Center for Public Integrity had calculated the sources for political donations that are not disclosed to the Australian Electoral Commision at just over $100 million for the 18-19 financial year for the major parties.

I've taken that analysis much further by breaking it down by party, branch, year and donor type. Use the buttons above to see the breakdown by party.

Explained v Unexplained receipts to political parties aggregated over the past six years

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) only requires the sources of donations that fall above what is known as the disclosure threshold to be reported to them. In 18-19 the disclousre threshold is $13,800. The figure is indexed to the CPI.

The extra data now provided by the AEC makes it possible (with a lot of work) to categorise political donors by the entity type. What comes through loud and clear in the data is that types of donors fall into two main categories: representatives of Capital (those who own the means of production) and representatives of those who do not, the workers.

Marxism sees power in society divided between two opposing classes. Each individual in society is defined by our relationship to the means of production. While these means of production (ownership of land, factories, access to natural resources) change with technology, the underlying conflict between those who own the means to produce goods (factories, shareholders) and those who own only their own labour is the fuel that powers the class conflict which we see played out to this day in our society and politics.

Within these broad class categories, sub-groups form along both sides of this divide. Whether a political donor is a business, individual, Industry Association or other group, they typically represent one or the other side of the Capital/worker binary. Financials are summed over the last six financial years.

Political Parties, Associated Entities, Third Parties and Political Campaigners must now provide certain information to the Australian Electoral Commission which includes amounts spent on political communications. These are included for the first time in my political donations transparency project. Click on the buttons above to see the budgets of each entity type along with donations made.

See the tabs below for definitions of qualifying information for each of these AEC lists. Organisations can be on more than one AEC list. When counting donations by category, I provide the data from all relevant datasets but count each entity according to the highest disclosure threshold relevant to each organisation.

The Commonwealth funding and disclosure scheme (the disclosure scheme) detailed under Part XX of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Electoral Act) was introduced to increase overall transparency and inform the public about the financial dealings of political parties, candidates and others involved in the electoral process. The disclosure scheme requires candidates, Senate groups, political parties, political campaigners, associated entities, third parties and donors to lodge election or annual financial disclosure returns with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).
Party Receipts Payments Debts Discretionary Benefits
1 LIBS 519,340,322 505,106,126 109,250,933 1,257,799
2 ALP 460,188,786 440,522,973 75,823,074 1,175,000
3 PALMER UNITED 131,885,606 131,828,803 10,318,109 0
4 GREENS 98,949,001 96,016,199 14,689,281 0
5 LNP 94,369,082 92,254,819 2,930,124 0
6 NATS 74,441,561 73,482,223 14,194,669 0
7 AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS 11,624,034 11,218,603 5,455,173 0
8 AUSTRALIAN CONSERVATIVES 7,994,770 8,058,104 10,143 0
9 PHON 7,411,425 7,263,487 2,149,414 0
10 CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS 6,655,109 6,966,616 942,268 0
11 CENTRE ALLIANCE 4,468,659 4,366,302 916,542 0
12 FAMILY FIRST 4,405,139 3,007,436 147,765 0
13 KATTER 3,369,721 3,278,464 50,470 0
14 LIBERAL DEMOCRATS 3,259,435 3,700,260 150,000 0
15 ANIMAL JUSTICE 2,782,923 2,490,274 68,376 0
16 SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIA 2,277,912 2,244,059 167,196 0
17 SOCIALIST EQUALITY 2,150,821 2,173,323 0 0
18 YELLOW VEST AUSTRALIA 1,989,814 1,135,213 69,592 0
19 AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIANS 1,740,749 1,703,992 3,000 0
20 SHOOTERS, FISHERS, FARMERS 1,401,996 1,166,185 217,144 0
21 RISE UP AUSTRALIA 1,226,468 1,346,753 61,490 0
22 HINCH 1,024,724 842,786 134,118 0
23 SEX 1,010,461 996,263 112,528 0
24 DEMOCRATIC LABOUR 520,470 492,500 7,057 0
25 SOCIALIST ALLIANCE 511,569 501,803 22,843 0
26 LAMBIE 375,267 295,714 43,437 0
27 FLUX 313,972 302,573 0 0
28 VOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA 288,327 229,146 6,770 0
29 LAZARUS 240,500 40,500 30,000 0
30 AUSTRALIAN EQUALITY (MARRIAGE) 227,177 205,994 0 0
31 THE WIKILEAKS 205,590 134,670 48,258 0
32 ACP 171,395 242,553 0 0
33 SCIENCE 168,543 163,819 16,438 0
34 DEMOCRATS 146,972 191,119 42,155 0
35 REASON AUSTRALIA 146,587 116,345 14,176 0
36 REPUBLICAN OF AUSTRALIA 144,890 139,178 3,470 0
37 AUSTRALIA FIRST 137,430 150,180 15,500 0
38 AUSTRALIAN RECREATIONAL FISHERS 133,371 114,828 3,059 0
39 HEMP 128,259 127,071 498 0
40 HEALTH AUSTRALIA 118,332 125,559 32,740 0
41 ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY - (EMPOWERING THE PEOPLE!) 109,470 79,321 633,388 0
42 PIRATE AUSTRALIA 101,693 122,439 17,060 0
43 THE ARTS 101,318 98,271 0 0
44 SECULAR OF AUSTRALIA 80,846 120,792 0 0
45 JOHN MADIGAN'S MANUFACTURING AND FARMING 80,072 60,140 0 0
46 DRUG LAW REFORM AUSTRALIA 74,101 69,891 225 0
47 BULLET TRAIN FOR AUSTRALIA 72,663 71,794 34,775 0
48 AUSTRALIAN FISHING AND LIFESTYLE 72,149 93,417 0 0
49 AUSTRALIAN CYCLISTS 71,184 68,073 25,196 0
50 CLIMATE ACTION 64,577 59,660 0 0
51 AUSTRALIAN MOTORING ENTHUSIAST 59,532 61,810 0 0
52 AUSTRALIA&39;S FIRST NATIONS POLITICAL 50,000 0 0 0
53 WESTERN AUSTRALIA 49,109 43,482 3,560 0
54 THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN 45,130 15,910 0 0
55 COUNTRYMINDED 44,247 36,790 6,098 0
56 SENIORS UNITED OF AUSTRALIA 43,945 40,665 0 0
57 AUSTRALIAN BETTER FAMILIES 42,756 65,998 1,000 0
58 AUSTRALIAN AFFORDABLE HOUSING 37,168 9,447 837 0
59 MATURE AUSTRALIA 31,905 31,830 0 0
60 UNITING AUSTRALIA 29,440 29,440 0 0
61 AUSTRALIAN PROGRESSIVES 28,543 45,496 89,213 0
62 OUTDOOR RECREATION (STOP THE GREENS) 26,474 27,431 0 0
63 AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE VETERANS 25,348 39,971 0 0
64 STOP CSG 25,348 25,348 0 0
65 THE TOGETHER 23,522 39,897 20,000 0
66 LOVE AUSTRALIA OR LEAVE 19,885 13,595 24,500 0
67 IMO 16,945 47,050 43,145 0
68 FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY 16,917 41,471 0 0
69 THE AUSTRALIAN MENTAL HEALTH 14,713 13,792 1,624 0
70 BUILDING AUSTRALIA 14,638 32,102 33,528 0
71 RENEWABLE ENERGY 13,960 13,960 0 0
72 AUSTRALIAN WORKERS 9,850 7,217 0 0
73 AUSTRALIAN VOICE 7,707 7,498 0 0
74 THE 23 MILLION 7,380 3,132 0 0
75 SMOKERS RIGHTS 4,418 2,273 0 0
76 NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS (EQUAL PARENTING) 3,855 8,010 0 0
77 CHILD PROTECTION 2,633 3,152 0 0
78 AUSTRALIAN PROTECTIONIST 2,075 5,065 0 0
79 AUSTRALIAN SOVEREIGNTY 1,661 3,081 0 0
80 AUSTRALIAN ANTIPAEDOPHILE 1,011 2,395 0 0
81 CONSUMER RIGHTS & NO-TOLLS 585 0 0 0
82 CARERS ALLIANCE 500 4,130 0 0
83 COKE IN THE BUBBLERS 180 180 0 0
84 AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE&39;S 140 110 0 0
85 THE WOMEN&39;S 100 0 0 0
86 THE SMALL BUSINESS 0 0 0 0
87 TIM STORER INDEPENDENT SA 0 0 0 0
88 21ST CENTURY AUSTRALIA 0 0 0 0
89 AUSTRALIAN INDEPENDENTS 0 2,000 0 0
90 AUSTRALIAN SPORTS 0 0 0 0
91 MUTUAL 0 0 0 0
92 SINGLE PARENTS&39; 0 0 0 0
An associated entity under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (s287) means an entity: that is controlled by one or more registered political parties; or that operates wholly or to a significant extent for the benefit of one or more registered political parties; or that is a financial member of a registered political party; or on whose behalf another person is a financial member of a registered political party; or that has voting rights in a registered political party; or on whose behalf another person has voting rights in a registered political party. AEC
Entity Affiliation Receipts Payments Debts Discretionary Benefits Capital Contributions
1973 FOUNDATION
ALP 8,459,000 7,196,088 2,004,353 0 0
500 CLUB
LIBS 3,703,219 3,733,206 133,402 0 0
AFULE
ALP 3,446,502 1,523,716 2,725 0 0
ALP HOLDINGS
ALP 493,241 308,916 7,803,237 0 0
ALTUM
LNP 9,620,959 5,123,801 66,009,071 0 0
AMACSU
ALP 105,869,776 104,465,928 4,329,214 0 0
AMIEU
ALP 45,730,455 49,122,391 3,498,924 0 0
AMWU
ALP 343,099,130 340,296,368 6,696,675 0 0
ARTBIU
ALP 120,473,368 114,420,203 7,946,866 0 0
ASU
ALP 162,119,417 157,507,031 17,876,718 165,000 0
AUST BUILDING CONST EMPLOYEES AND BUILDERS LABOUR FED (QLD BR)
ALP 6,022,546 6,178,430 0 0 0
AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF MARINE AND POWER ENGINEERS
ALP 3,181,175 3,086,712 0 0 0
AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY (LEGACIES AND GIFTS)
ALP 0 0 0 0 0
AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY (NSW) GIFTS
ALP 0 0 0 0 0
AWU
ALP 273,719,864 271,617,446 48,708,342 0 0
AWU PORT KEMBLA BRANCH
ALP 4,314,235 4,119,935 430,692 0 0
BASS 200 CLUB
LIBS 234,764 1,444,097 0 0 0
BAYSIDE FORUM
LIBS 775,420 704,149 57,349 0 0
BENDIGO 250 CLUB
LIBS 66,098 75,343 0 0 0
BERWICK RANGES 500 CLUB
LIBS 346,699 440,236 0 0 0
BLIND WORKERS UNION OF VICTORIA
ALP 56,136 66,247 0 0 0
BREWERIES AND BOTTLEYARDS EMPLOYEESAND' INDUSTRIAL UNION OF WORKERS OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ALP 1,228,564 3,264,182 65,284 0 0
BUNORI
LIBS 25,481,569 25,567,326 13,590,399 0 0
BURWOOD BUSINESS NETWORK
LIBS 13,487 11,669 0 0 0
BUSINESS FIRST
LIBS 0 3,349 0 0 0
CAMPAIGN FOR AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE
Republican Party of Australia 700 600 0 0 0
CANBERRA LABOR CLUB
ALP 417,668,676 417,755,613 80,887,638 0 0
CAULFIELD CHALLENGE 200 CLUB
LIBS 611,702 696,453 0 0 0
CEC AUSTRALIA (SERVICES)
Citizens Electoral Council of Australia 14,140,810 14,218,953 9,800,603 0 0
CEPU
ALP 241,552,510 239,218,570 26,933,502 0 7,754
CFMEU
ALP 1,031,789,919 1,040,483,948 79,263,745 0 162,903
CHIFLEY RESEARCH CENTRE
ALP 2,618,651 2,278,647 21,710 255,939 0
CHINESE LIBERALS ASSOCIATION
LIBS 150 3,410 0 0 0
CHISHOLM 200 CLUB
LIBS 106,385 85,582 0 0 0
CITIZENS MEDIA GROUP
Citizens Electoral Council of Australia 733,380 715,032 436,557 0 0
CLP GIFTS AND LEGACIES
CLP 224,694 187,635 0 0 0
COAL MINERS INDUSTRIAL UNION OF WORKERS OF WA COLLIE
ALP 2,745,154 2,700,199 413,022 0 2,500
CONSTITUENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES
NATS 783,315 755,149 334,236 0 0
CORMACK FOUNDATION
LIBS 25,763,077 24,217,870 0 0 0
CPSU
ALP 193,385,964 197,400,901 8,805,705 0 0
DAME PATTIE MENZIES LIBERAL FOUNDATION
LIBS 25,970 16,589 0 0 0
DUNKLEY BLUE RIBBON CLUB
LIBS 147,132 174,732 0 0 0
EMILY'S LIST
ALP 2,138,987 2,073,342 57,286 0 0
ENDEAVOUR 270 CLUB
LIBS 9,919 1,637 0 0 0
ENTERPRISE CLUB
LIBS 240,687 252,449 0 0 0
ENTERPRISE WEST
LIBS 1,589 2,604 0 0 0
ETU
ALP 109,864,689 88,908,989 16,291,612 0 0
FEDERATION OF HUNTING CLUBS INC
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers 289,599 269,857 15,812 0 0
FLIGHT ATTENDANTS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL DIVISION
ALP 4,418,657 4,545,204 392,346 0 0
FLUX FOUNDATION
FLUX 0 0 0 0 0
FOOD PRESERVERSAND' UNION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA UNION OF WORKERS
ALP 203,675 268,589 81,178 0 0
FOREST HILL SUPPORTERSAND' CLUB
LIBS 160,094 123,591 4,309 0 0
FORREST CATTLE FUND INC
LIBS 48,155 3,535 29,726 0 0
FOUNDATION 51
CLP 200,025 205,736 0 0 0
FREE ENTERPRISE FOUNDATION
NATS 1,885,935 2,165,722 0 0 0
FSU
ALP 61,360,606 61,360,606 0 0 0
GATENBY INVESTMENT TRUST
LIBS 1,176,102 1,340,145 3,860,850 0 0
GEELONG 500 CLUB INC
NATS 134,908 133,896 17,564 0 0
GOULBURN RIVER AND RANGES 200 CLUB
LIBS 33,204 50,698 0 0 0
GREEN INSTITUTE
GREENS 1,139,123 991,359 49,386 0 0
GREENFIELDS FOUNDATION
LIBS 453,144 398,220 0 0 0
HAWTHORN SPEAKERS FORUM
LIBS 10,300 0 0 0 0
HIGGINS 200 CLUB
LIBS 1,593,222 1,604,305 5,689 0 0
HIGGINS 200 FOUNDATION
LIBS 201,224 423,218 0 0 0
HSU
ALP 134,696,396 128,582,270 18,699,471 0 0
INDEPENDENT EDUCATION UNION OF AUSTRALIA WA BRANCH
ALP 2,650,046 2,563,211 45,827 0 9,312
INDUSTRIAL STAFF UNION
ALP 226,699 109,848 0 0 0
JAGAJAGA 200 CLUB
LIBS 75,580 65,609 0 0 0
JOHN CURTIN HOUSE
ALP 25,524,593 21,522,876 2,242,275 0 0
JOHN MCEWEN HOUSE
NATS 10,477,071 10,426,685 12,048,507 0 0
KAYE SUTHERLAND MEMORIAL BEQUEST FUND
ALP 0 133 0 0 0
KOOYONG 200 CLUB
LIBS 2,767,516 2,690,771 0 0 0
LABOR CAMPAIGN
ALP 107,555 38,331 2,000 0 0
LABOR HOLDINGS
ALP 41,744,549 38,798,585 18,250,408 0 0
LABOR SERVICES AND HOLDINGS
ALP 27,312,077 28,217,860 19,934,530 0 5,009,792
LADY WILSON FOUNDATION
LIBS 41,222 5,787 550 0 0
LAKESIDE 200 CLUB
LIBS 7,198 3,768 0 0 0
LAND VALUE TAXATION SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA
Republican Party of Australia 100 100 0 0 0
LIBERAL ASSET MANAGEMENT (CUSTODIANS)
LIBS 1,589,748 1,174,116 3,306,220 0 0
LIBERAL CLUB
LIBS 639,627 484,051 48,842 0 0
LIBERAL FOUNDATION INC
LIBS 927,954 627,363 0 0 0
LIBERAL PARTY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
LIBS 4,346,090 4,717,154 40,155 0 0
LIBERAL PROPERTIES
LIBS 7,118 3,493 25,392 0 0
LNP NOMINEES AS TRUSTEE FOR THE 6 ST PAULAND'S TERRACE UNIT TRUST
LNP 9,655,376 24,881,268 55,547,686 0 0
LPPH
LIBS 341,668 326,399 71,749 0 0
MACEDON SPEAKERS CLUB
LIBS 11,913 30,351 0 0 0
MALLENAND'S COLAC HOTEL
ALP 715,079 913,744 11,722 0 0
MEAA
ALP 76,804,743 78,227,414 6,370,533 33,000 0
MEHRING BOOKS
Socialist Equality Party 1,470,003 1,467,619 96,476 0 0
MENZIES 200 CLUB
LIBS 474,946 592,631 0 0 0
MENZIES RESEARCH CENTRE
LIBS 5,860,518 5,375,161 494,691 261,800 0
MONASH CLUB
LIBS 124,903 133,149 0 0 0
MORNINGTON GOLD
LIBS 73,064 95,215 0 0 0
NEPEAN CLUB
LIBS 20,553 61,980 0 0 4,500
NEW SOUTH WALES LOCAL GOVERNMENT CLERICAL ADMINISTRATIVE ENERGY AIRLINES AND UTILITIES UNION T/A UNITED SERVICES UNION
ALP 95,866,599 92,659,419 24,590,291 0 0
NORTH EASTERN BUSINESS CIRCLE
LIBS 18,797 18,800 0 0 0
NORTH WEST 200 CLUB
LIBS 15,990 76,601 0 0 0
NORTHERN TERRITORY ALP INVESTMENT TRUST
ALP 244,302 231,775 725,822 0 0
NSW LABOR CAMPAIGN INVESTMENT
ALP 3,464 25,174 1,200 0 0
NTN SERVICES
ALP 528,849 577,230 34,782 0 0
NWU
ALP 201,359,013 205,729,210 13,594,018 0 0
ONE NATION WESTERN AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED
LIBS 3,142 1,679 0 0 0
OUTER EASTERN PLATINUM CLUB
LIBS 547,144 583,876 0 0 0
PAGE RESEARCH CENTRE
NATS 694,073 608,227 76,010 126,500 0
PARAKEELIA
LIBS 5,300,675 4,766,150 2,346,828 0 0
PARLIAMENTARY LIBERAL PARTY COMMUNICATION COMMITTEE (VICTORIA)
LIBS 411,171 705,253 0 0 0
PERTH TRADES HALL INC
ALP 3,897,601 3,542,713 6,519,956 0 0
PILLIWINKS AS TRUSTEE NATIONAL PARTY FOUNDATION
NATS 3,598,934 3,693,907 3,047,637 0 0
PINNACLE CLUB
LIBS 388,404 388,405 0 0 0
PROGRESSIVE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION INC
ALP 6,443,686 5,656,587 351,623 0 0
QUEENSLAND SERVICES, INDUSTRIAL UNION OF EMPLOYEES
ALP 138,685 1,184,011 0 0 0
RIPON 250 CLUB
LIBS 0 0 0 0 0
SA PROGRESSIVE BUSINESS INCORPORATED
ALP 2,678,552 2,498,373 89,537 0 0
SAPPHIRE CLUB
LIBS 188,086 194,939 0 0 0
SCORESBY CITY CLUB
LIBS 209,858 206,869 0 0 0
SDA
ALP 518,495,516 529,496,020 32,104,617 0 0
SHOP ASSISTANTS AND WAREHOUSE EMPLOYEESAND' FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA-NEWCASTLE AND NORTHERN NSW
ALP 62,978,166 24,501,339 92,497 0 0
SIR CHARLES COURT FOUNDATION
LIBS 289,848 67,202 61 0 0
SYDNEY SMALL BUSINESS CLUB (WARRINGAH CLUB)
LIBS 44,690 54,076 0 0 0
TEAM 200 CLUB
LIBS 252,650 390,029 0 0 0
TEXTILE CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR UNION OF AUST - NSW, TAS, SA BR
ALP 5,775,576 7,254,162 477,234 0 0
TEXTILES, CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR UNION (VIC AND QLD AND WA) BRANCH
ALP 7,961,994 9,203,494 1,657,615 0 0
TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION (WA BRANCH)
ALP 28,539,794 30,580,876 250,717 0 0
TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION OF AUSTRALIA - NSW BRANCH
ALP 13,071,591 12,882,883 1,524,939 0 0
TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION OF AUSTRALIA QUEENSLAND BRANCH
ALP 38,362,392 40,985,958 5,615,521 0 0
TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION OF AUSTRALIA SA/NT BRANCH
ALP 19,791,553 17,876,929 404,711 0 0
TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION OF NEW SOUTH WALES
ALP 90,060,164 93,712,251 12,665,111 0 0
TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION VIC/TAS BRANCH
ALP 43,833,655 41,931,445 3,531,372 0 0
UFU
ALP 50,914,996 41,977,248 2,768,725 0 0
UNITED VOICE
ALP 444,152,031 426,695,652 16,557,782 0 0
VAPOLD
LIBS 43,663,778 7,992,937 478,378 0 0
VICTORIA CLUB
LIBS 10,000 0 0 0 0
VIOLET BOBIN TRUST
ALP 118,589 444,003 0 0 0
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN PRISON OFFICERSAND' UNION OF WORKERS
ALP 14,797,455 15,302,643 1,830,521 0 0
YARRA PLENTY WOMENS GROUP
LIBS 0 1,364 0 0 0
YLNP NO. 1 (JAMES KILLEN FOUNDATION)
LNP 29,936 19,140 0 0 0
YOUNG LIBERAL MOVEMENT OF AUSTRALIA TRUST FUND
LIBS 0 83 0 0 0
There is a requirement for the registration of a person or entity that meets the definition of a political campaigner. Registration as a political campaigner is required when: electoral expenditure exceeds $500,000 during that financial year or any one of the previous three financial years; or electoral expenditure exceeds $100,000 during that financial year, and electoral expenditure during the previous financial year was at least two-thirds of the revenue of the person or entity for that year. Political campaigners are required to provide annual financial disclosure returns with the AEC.

This data has only been collected by the AEC for the 18-19 financial year due to recent changes in legislation.

NameElectoral ExpenditureReceiptsPaymentsDebtsDiscretionary Benefits
1 AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF TRADE UNIONS 21,241,307 24,582,154 30,368,325 3,742,665 121,390
2 AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION UNION 5,390,071 115,515,255 92,186,753 12,471,486 0
3 GETUP LIMITED 2,314,389 13,748,803 14,446,914 126,112 0
4 UNITED VOICE 2,248,545 201,226,293 64,680,832 2,713,117 0
5 ADVANCE AUSTRALIA 1,995,453 2,405,143 1,995,453 70,199 0
6 AUSTRALIAN NURSING & MIDWIFERY FEDERATION 1,675,209 77,659,475 82,705,209 2,784,648 818,249
7 MINERALS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 1,297,025 23,897,410 20,820,676 805,753 65,340
8 CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MARITIME, MINING AND ENERGY UNION NATIONAL OFFICE 1,117,724 181,287,818 187,704,316 21,233,487 0
9 WARRINGAH INDEPENDENT LIMITED 956,024 1,356,824 1,345,794 130,419 0
10 AUSTRALIAN AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION 695,836 11,870,425 7,967,030 321,053 4,400,000
11 AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY 614,491 7,233,467 7,053,749 503,397 71,006
12 ANIMALS AUSTRALIA FEDERATION 515,879 13,922,917 8,280,482 227,708 0
13 AUSTRALIAN MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATIVE CLERICAL AND SERVICES UNION 500,000 4,730,233 4,390,336 0 0
14 NEW SOUTH WALES NURSES AND MIDWIVES' ASSOCIATION 364,922 48,332,559 48,160,108 706,429 95,838
15 AEU NSW TEACHERS FEDERATION 309,258 44,158,939 35,996,117 1,177,047 0
16 KP INDEPENDENTS LIMITED 281,944 722,381 720,377 125,833 0
17 BUSINESS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 245,564 13,084,264 13,790,811 228,476 130,000
18 DICK SMITH 128,889 11,161 128,889 0 0
19 PENINSULA INDEPENDENT LIMITED 107,942 205,218 196,674 12,500 0
20 AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION UNION VICTORIAN BRANCH 15,902 52,635,501 26,411,161 10,752,692 0
21 COAL21 LIMITED 0 16,573,098 25,806,286 0 0
22 THE MINDEROO FOUNDATION PTY LTD ATF THE MINDEROO FOUNDATION TRUST 0 0 42,203,546 2,860,140 275,000
23 UNIVERSITIES AUSTRALIA 0 17,250,822 12,182,303 206,582 0
A ‘third party’ is a person or entity (other than a political entity or a member of the House of Representatives or the Senate) incurring electoral expenditure that is: more than the disclosure threshold during a financial year; but below the amount that would require registration as a ‘political campaigner’ (see below). AEC

There are instances of organisations that appear both on the AEC list of Associated Entities and the list of Third Parties. There are also instances of organisations that appear on the Political Campaigners list and the Third Parties list. Among these entities there are entries for Electoral Expenditure for organisations in the Poltical Campaigners table that have no corresponding entry for 18-19 in the Third Parties data.


Name Years Expenditure Candidate Printing Broadcast Opinion Polls Issue Gifts Received
1 GETUP 13/14-17/18 29,046,639 7,263,250 3,549,203 0 792,421 14,536,296 1,193,693
2 AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF TRADE UNIONS 13/14-17/18 24,038,859 451,674 17,317,762 0 2,269,435 2,931,987 25,469,396
3 COAL21 15/16-17/18 9,998,631 0 7,293,535 0 56,130 646,145 0
4 AEU 13/14-17/18 9,515,741 474,563 4,264,054 0 450,579 1,908,757 0
5 UNIVERSITIES AUSTRALIA 13/14-17/18 5,467,078 0 3,313,450 0 333,256 0 10,000,000
6 MINERALS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 15/16-18/19 4,657,918 0 1,924,756 0 0 222,761 0
7 BUSINESS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 15/16-17/18 4,554,229 16,500 3,013,428 0 106,700 338,974 220,000
8 NEW SOUTH WALES NURSES AND MIDWIVES' ASSOCIATION 13/14-17/18 3,789,234 22,166 3,096,665 0 88,270 40,763 0
9 ANIMALS AUSTRALIA FEDERATION 17/18-17/18 2,467,532 0 0 0 0 197,130 0
10 AEU NSW TEACHERS FEDERATION 14/15-17/18 2,283,051 1,193,569 414,608 0 42,075 190,497 0
11 UNITED VOICE 13/14-17/18 2,137,691 712,109 84,876 0 90,727 803,063 0
12 AMWU 13/14-18/19 1,956,284 0 0 0 2,295 136,566 0
13 INDUSTRY SUPER AUSTRALIA 16/17-17/18 1,677,001 0 1,677,001 0 0 0 0
14 WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE AUSTRALIA 13/14-18/19 1,563,467 0 121,728 0 46,310 2,500 1,606,000
15 DICK SMITH 17/18-17/18 1,375,881 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 NTEU 13/14-17/18 1,371,456 320,614 790,319 0 35,069 67,990 0
17 AUSTRALIAN MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATIVE CLERICAL AND SERVICES UNION 13/14-17/18 1,288,623 1,288,623 0 0 0 0 0
18 AUSTRALIAN AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION 13/14-17/18 1,207,018 0 777,254 0 59,482 45,843 0
19 THE MINDEROO FOUNDATION ATF THE MINDEROO FOUNDATION TRUST 17/18-17/18 973,194 0 796,049 0 177,145 0 402,000,000
20 AUSTRALIAN CONSERVATION FOUNDATION 13/14-18/19 928,546 0 0 0 128,878 124,003 0
21 CFMEU - CONSTRUCTION AND GENERAL DIVISION (WA BRANCH) 13/14-17/18 841,269 841,269 0 0 0 0 0
22 MASTER BUILDERS AUSTRALIA 15/16-18/19 775,026 0 70,317 0 0 0 0
23 QUEENSLAND NURSES AND MIDWIVES' UNION 15/16-18/19 774,669 10,359 131,338 0 0 406,550 0
24 QUEENSLAND TEACHERS UNION OF EMPLOYEES 13/14-17/18 726,656 0 242,000 0 7,010 425,434 0
25 AUSTRALIAN NURSING AND MIDWIFERY FEDERATION 17/18-17/18 524,733 252 0 0 0 489,264 0
26 GREENPEACE AUSTRALIA PACIFIC 13/14-18/19 478,195 139,705 28,045 0 43,047 15,340 0
27 UNIONS NSW 13/14-18/19 460,810 157,252 0 0 41,800 0 0
28 COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC SECTOR UNION (PSU GROUP) 15/16-18/19 453,467 22,094 500 0 10,655 31,693 0
29 AUSTRALIAN YOUTH CLIMATE COALITION 17/18-18/19 437,483 0 0 0 0 13,170 0
30 AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN LOBBY 13/14-18/19 430,978 28,386 0 0 21,450 149,478 273,640
31 ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE OF GENERAL PRACTITIONERS 15/16-15/16 429,782 0 419,212 0 0 0 0
32 MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT AND ARTS ALLIANCE 13/14-14/15 412,836 23,158 0 0 0 0 0
33 BOB BROWN FOUNDATION 18/19-18/19 375,750 0 0 0 0 0 34,045
34 ONE COMMUNITY SA 15/16-15/16 351,329 0 123,762 0 0 0 0
35 CEPU 13/14-18/19 317,793 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 THE SUNRISE PROJECT AUSTRALIA 16/17-18/19 306,548 0 0 0 36,960 71,772 865,000
37 AUSTRALIAN NURSING AND MIDWIFERY FEDERATION SA 17/18-18/19 283,101 0 0 0 0 112,806 0
38 WORLD VISION AUSTRALIA 15/16-16/17 262,490 0 0 0 13,000 54,515 262,490
39 NATIONAL UNION OF WORKERS - NATIONAL OFFICE 13/14-17/18 242,294 54,753 0 0 47,675 65,541 0
40 FARMERS FOR CLIMATE ACTION 17/18-18/19 221,539 0 58,566 0 0 0 482,704
41 TASMANIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY 18/19-18/19 220,629 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY 15/16-18/19 208,208 0 0 0 5,000 25,203 89,750
43 THE AUSTRALIAN WORKERS' UNION OF EMPLOYEES QUEENSLAND 18/19-18/19 205,180 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 CPSU 17/18-18/19 200,000 0 0 0 0 150,000 0
45 ELECTRICAL TRADES UNION OF AUSTRALIA NSW BRANCH 13/14-18/19 191,946 0 1,000 0 0 0 0
46 CHERISH LIFE QUEENSLAND INC 18/19-18/19 151,218 0 0 0 0 0 20,000
47 SA ROAD TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION 15/16-15/16 150,000 0 150,000 0 0 0 100,000
48 NEW SOUTH WALES LOCAL GOVERNMENT CLERICAL ADMINISTRATIVE ENERGY AIRLINES AND UTILITIES UNION T/A UNITED SERVICES UNION 13/14-18/19 147,640 0 0 0 0 8,410 0
49 CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK 18/19-18/19 140,113 0 0 0 0 0 143,400
50 CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS AUSTRALIA 18/19-18/19 139,803 0 0 0 0 0 47,500
51 SMART ENERGY COUNCIL (PREVIOUSLY AUSTRALIAN SOLAR COUNCIL) 15/16-18/19 136,908 26,280 0 0 0 0 36,000
52 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS 18/19-18/19 130,233 0 0 0 0 0 143,257
53 JOHN CRAWFORD 18/19-18/19 129,545 0 0 0 0 0 45,000
54 ENVIRONMENT VICTORIA 15/16-18/19 128,271 25,209 6,953 0 15,400 49,900 0
55 AUSTRALIAN MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATIVE CLERICAL AND SERVICES UNION - QUEENSLAND TOGETHER BRANCH 15/16-18/19 117,387 0 0 0 6,253 0 0
56 THE CLIMATE INSTITUTE 13/14-14/15 107,010 9,650 31,210 0 38,650 0 220,000
57 SHOP DISTRIBUTIVE AND ALLIED EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION - VIC BRANCH 13/14-14/15 106,302 90,206 0 0 16,096 0 0
58 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA 18/19-18/19 102,964 0 0 0 0 0 0
59 AUSTRALIAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATION 15/16-15/16 97,509 0 0 0 16,072 32,920 0
60 THE OAKTREE FOUNDATION AUSTRALIA 15/16-17/18 97,507 0 0 0 0 89,245 0
61 CFMEU - CONSTRUCTION AND GENERAL DIVISION, NATIONAL OFFICE 13/14-15/16 93,205 0 33,376 0 0 0 0
62 SHOP DISTRIBUTIVE AND ALLIED EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION (QLD BRANCH) 13/14-14/15 90,646 16,042 0 0 0 74,604 0
63 GENDER AWARENESS AUSTRALIA 18/19-18/19 87,454 0 0 0 0 0 0
64 SHOP DISTRIBUTIVE AND ALLIED EMPLOYEES' ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA 13/14-18/19 79,898 0 0 0 79,442 0 0
65 ALLIANCE OF AUSTRALIAN RETAILERS 13/14-17/18 79,338 0 0 0 0 0 0
66 NATIONAL CIVIC COUNCIL 15/16-16/17 72,537 51,219 21,318 0 0 0 0
67 QUEENSLAND COUNCIL OF UNIONS (QCU) 15/16-15/16 71,390 134 0 0 3,297 63,375 0
68 COUNCIL OF MAYORS (SEQ) 15/16-17/18 66,747 0 0 0 0 65,958 0
69 ASU 18/19-18/19 57,907 0 0 0 0 0 0
70 SHOP, DISTRIBUTIVE AND ALLIED EMPLOYEES' ASSOCIATION - NATIONAL 15/16-15/16 57,343 57,343 0 0 0 0 0
71 MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA 15/16-15/16 56,685 0 0 0 0 56,685 0
72 CONSTRUCTION FORESTRY MARITIME MINING AND ENERGY UNION THE CONSTRUCTION AND GENERAL DIVISION ACT DIVISIONAL BRANCH 15/16-15/16 55,104 0 0 0 0 34,448 0
73 ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY NATIONAL COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 17/18-17/18 50,210 0 0 0 0 50,210 0
74 FAIR AGENDA 16/17-18/19 44,730 0 0 0 0 17,947 20,000
75 SHOP ASSISTANTS AND WAREHOUSE EMPLOYEES' FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA-NEWCASTLE AND NORTHERN NSW 13/14-18/19 43,213 0 14,022 0 1,067 8,205 0
76 DRAGOMAN 17/18-18/19 41,231 0 0 0 0 25,000 0
77 THE STATE SCHOOL TEACHER'S UNION OF WA (INC.) 18/19-18/19 39,804 0 0 0 0 0 0
78 AUSTRALIAN MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY 18/19-18/19 37,261 0 0 0 0 0 0
79 SHOP DISTRIBUTIVE AND ALLIED EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BRANCH (STATE BODY) 18/19-18/19 36,853 0 0 0 0 0 0
80 INDEPENDENT EDUCATION UNION 18/19-18/19 34,740 0 0 0 0 0 0
81 AUSTRALIAN WORKERS UNION WA BRANCH 13/14-17/18 34,724 0 0 0 34,724 0 0
82 HEALTH SERVICES UNION, TASMANIA BRANCH 18/19-18/19 33,000 0 0 0 0 0 0
83 RSPCA AUSTRALIA 17/18-17/18 26,271 0 0 0 2,700 23,571 0
84 AUSTRALIAN TAXPAYERS' ALLIANCE 18/19-18/19 25,620 0 0 0 0 0 0
85 AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION OF CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS 18/19-18/19 24,750 0 0 0 0 0 0
86 AUSTRALASIAN MEAT INDUSTRY EMPLOYEES' UNION - QLD BRANCH 15/16-15/16 21,420 21,420 0 0 0 0 0
87 VOICES FOR FARRER INC. 18/19-18/19 21,148 0 0 0 0 0 0
88 THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY VICTORIA INC. 18/19-18/19 20,900 0 0 0 0 0 0
89 RITEON 18/19-18/19 20,551 0 0 0 0 0 0
90 CATHOLIC EDUCATION MELBOURNE 17/18-18/19 20,054 0 0 0 0 0 0
91 SHOP DISTRIBUTIVE AND ALLIED EMPLOYEES' ASSOCIATION NSW BRANCH 13/14-18/19 17,507 0 0 0 0 0 0
92 IR21 18/19-18/19 16,460 0 0 0 0 0 0
93 RTBU 13/14-18/19 16,335 0 0 0 0 0 0
94 SAVE THE CHILDREN AUSTRALIA 16/17-16/17 16,280 0 0 0 16,280 0 0
95 TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION OF NEW SOUTH WALES 13/14-17/18 15,622 0 0 0 0 0 0
96 CONSTRUCTION FORESTRY MINING AND ENERGY, INDUSTRIAL UNION OF EMPLOYEES, QUEENSLAND - CONSTRUCTION AND GENERAL DIVISION 15/16-15/16 13,825 11,922 0 0 0 0 0
97 GREEN MUSIC AUSTRALIA 17/18-17/18 6,100 0 0 0 0 6,100 0
98 350 AUSTRALIA 17/18-17/18 4,708 0 0 0 0 4,708 0
99 HEALTH SERVICES UNION - NATIONAL OFFICE 13/14-17/18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
100 HEALTH SERVICES UNION, VICTORIA NO. 3 BRANCH (VAHPA) 17/18-17/18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
101 NATIONAL UNION OF WORKERS 17/18-17/18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
102 THE FOOD PRESERVERS' UNION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA UNION OF WORKERS 13/14-16/17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
103 AUSTRALIAN FEDERATED UNION OF LOCOMOTIVE EMPLOYEES 13/14-13/14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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