The party links below show data for all electorates held by that party plus sources of revenue and political messaging associated with that party. The non-partisan options show results across all parties by the type of organisation reporting: party, associated entity, campaigner or by portfolio or electorate. These results are listed by income or spend desc.
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Mouse over to reveal data points or share. Click on the data link to display sources of income. Note that organisations can move from third parties to campaigners as their spending increases and so appear in both datasets in different years. Spending by organisation is aggregated across both 3rd parties & campaigners and across all years.
Click to see the breakdown by dataset, year & income sources (where reported to the AEC).
This site holds multiple data projects which allow the public to analyse government data on spending & influence across all sectors. Use the ☰ button to navigate between projects, or use the randomly generated flip cards below to get an overview & share tid-bits with your Twitter network.
You can filter the flip card content using menu the above or click to geo-locate results to your electorate.
Mouse over to flip the card & click the Twitter icon to post pre-set message (which you can edit) or click the chart icon to examine the data.
Media and Journalism
The Guardian Innovation Australia The New Daily Eureka Street AusVotes 2019 Independent Australia Electronic Frontiers Australia Crikey Open Australia Foundation AOGPN blog Open Knowledge Foundation EGovAu Blog The Conversation IdeasHoist ABC PM Radio Power to Persuade Croakey International Budget Partnership Sydney Morning Herald Online Opinion New Matilda No Fibs Sunday Life Magazine
I launched the domain AusGov.info at Linux Conference Australia in January 2018, however this work is the result of years devoted to programming and transparency work beginning in 2012 and progressively expanded and improved upon over the intervening years.
The pecuniary interests register data was originally supplied by icacpls however I have updated it manually (or not as time permits) for the past couple of years.
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The figures in this site are either raw data at line-item level or totals/percentages - which are the result of algorithms or joins (programmatic matches between two lists) - written by myself in MySQL, which in turn are based on open data provided by Australian government agencies.
This data ranges in quality between datasets, is updated at different intervals and is published to different standards and in different formats.
The data you see in this site is edited by myself (unused fields are removed, names of programs/agencies/entities are spelled consistently within & between datasets). Data cleaning is a significant job. All care has been taken to represent every single figure accurately, however mistakes can be made either by the entity providing data to the government, the agency providing the data back to the public or at my end as I further transform this data for use.
It is important to understand that while opinions and inferences can be made based on the data on this site, that the data is not in and of itself an inference or an opinion. Inferences and opinions using data in this site remain the legal responsibility of the author of those opinions.
With our local MPs sending out surveys and making robocalls it's time to take a look into political messaging. Google recently included Australian political advertising in it's transparency database, however political messaging is not restricted to political parties.
A range of other organisations also engage in influencing public opinion toward or away from particular parties and candidates. The Australian Electoral Commission sees this as the publication of 'electoral matter'and requires any individual or organisation spending over $13,800 in a year to sway votes to report not only that spending but also their sources of income. Organisations that spend over half a million in a year must also register with the AEC as 'political campaigners'.
Registered charities have additional requirements regarding public advocacy due to support of political parties or candidates being seen as inconsistent with the purpose for which charities are granted tax concessions. These requirements have seen the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria investigated for campaigning in favour of Labor, however no action was ultimately taken by the Australian Charity and Not-for-Profit Commission.
Media organisations are specifically excluded from AEC reporting on political messaging despite wide-spread concerns that certain publications are functioning to directly favour specific parties.
Another major source of concern to many progressives is the heavy influence of the mining industry which resulted in the loss of at least one Prime Minister and when coupled with a compliant media, raises real concerns about the independence of Australian media.
The AEC data provides the public with insight into the sources of funding for organisations spending on political messaging. Use the flip cards or the list view to see selected organisations or click on the options button in the top menu. Click through to the donations project to see funders of each organisation.
Total spend from all organisations between 2013 & 2020 is $169,372,752
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