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This special report provides a window into the murky world of political donations. Updated Feb 2021 with 2019-20 data.

Mind The Gap: An Interactive Report Into Accountability In Political Donations


This special report provides a window into the murky world of political donations. Updated Feb 2021 with 2019-20 data.

Mind The Gap: An Interactive Report Into Accountability In 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. Figures are in millions.

Explained v Unexplained receipts to political parties

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 disclosure 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
16 LIBS 566,377,770 547,609,746 119,452,610 2,433,376
17 ALP 515,256,158 487,300,971 81,091,353 2,338,605
18 UAP 142,067,828 137,933,681 10,329,517 0
19 GREENS 118,119,809 109,446,596 15,424,441 272,353
20 LNP 104,762,671 102,922,133 2,995,672 0
21 NATS 86,869,126 82,486,364 16,141,080 0
22 AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS 13,771,928 13,304,461 6,421,301 0
23 AUSTRALIAN CONSERVATIVES 7,994,770 8,058,104 10,143 0
24 CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS 7,965,506 7,652,313 942,268 0
25 PHON 7,411,425 7,263,487 2,149,414 0
26 ONE NATION 5,782,105 3,900,452 241,418 0
27 CENTRE ALLIANCE 4,638,586 4,441,977 916,542 0
28 FAMILY FIRST 4,405,139 3,007,436 147,765 0
29 ANIMAL JUSTICE 4,157,714 3,662,944 109,298 21,224
30 LIBERAL DEMOCRATS 3,669,176 3,908,792 150,000 0
31 KATTER 3,369,721 3,278,464 50,470 0
32 SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIA 2,706,289 2,669,510 167,196 0
33 SOCIALIST EQUALITY 2,508,813 2,526,249 0 0
34 YELLOW VEST AUSTRALIA 1,992,237 1,136,113 69,592 0
35 AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIANS 1,967,364 1,879,760 3,000 0
36 SHOOTERS, FISHERS, FARMERS 1,589,690 1,252,552 248,138 0
37 RISE UP AUSTRALIA 1,226,468 1,346,753 61,490 0
38 HINCH 1,113,649 939,078 134,118 0
39 SEX 1,010,461 996,263 112,528 0
40 SOCIALIST ALLIANCE 632,653 575,651 23,071 0
41 DEMOCRATIC LABOUR 594,778 548,859 7,057 0
42 LAMBIE 546,540 419,611 43,437 0
43 KAP 425,982 258,006 16,120 0
44 FLUX 323,276 312,594 0 0
45 VOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA 288,813 233,999 6,770 0
46 THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN 269,620 85,068 10,473 0
47 REASON AUSTRALIA 246,678 216,300 22,914 0
48 LAZARUS 240,500 40,500 30,000 0
49 AUSTRALIAN EQUALITY (MARRIAGE) 227,177 205,994 0 0
50 THE WIKILEAKS 205,590 134,670 48,258 0
51 SCIENCE 184,977 179,443 16,438 0
52 REPUBLICAN OF AUSTRALIA 178,054 171,986 3,470 0
53 DEMOCRATS 174,061 196,594 42,155 0
54 ACP 171,395 242,553 0 0
55 AUSTRALIA FIRST 165,188 166,538 15,500 0
56 AUSTRALIAN RECREATIONAL FISHERS 133,371 114,828 3,059 0
57 HEMP 128,259 127,471 498 0
58 HEALTH AUSTRALIA 127,561 128,688 43,373 0
59 ONLINE DIRECT DEMOCRACY - (EMPOWERING THE PEOPLE!) 120,386 85,821 728,619 0
60 PIRATE AUSTRALIA 106,194 125,201 17,060 0
61 THE ARTS 101,318 98,271 0 0
62 SECULAR OF AUSTRALIA 85,061 125,008 0 0
63 JOHN MADIGANS MANUFACTURING AND FARMING 80,072 60,140 0 0
64 DRUG LAW REFORM AUSTRALIA 74,101 69,891 225 0
65 BULLET TRAIN FOR AUSTRALIA 72,663 71,794 34,775 0
66 AUSTRALIAN FISHING AND LIFESTYLE 72,149 93,417 0 0
67 AUSTRALIAN CYCLISTS 71,184 68,073 25,196 0
68 CLIMATE ACTION 64,577 59,660 0 0
69 AUSTRALIAN MOTORING ENTHUSIAST 59,532 61,810 0 0
70 WESTERN AUSTRALIA 58,955 50,739 56,069 0
71 AUSTRALIAN BETTER FAMILIES 57,882 81,570 1,000 0
72 AUSTRALIAS FIRST NATIONS POLITICAL 50,000 0 0 0
73 SENIORS UNITED OF AUSTRALIA 46,524 43,337 0 0
74 COUNTRYMINDED 44,247 36,790 6,098 0
75 AUSTRALIAN AFFORDABLE HOUSING 38,868 9,658 837 0
76 AUSTRALIAN PROGRESSIVES 33,888 49,263 110,503 0
77 MATURE AUSTRALIA 31,905 31,830 0 0
78 UNITING AUSTRALIA 29,440 29,440 0 0
79 OUTDOOR RECREATION PARTY 26,474 27,431 0 0
80 AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE VETERANS 25,348 39,971 0 0
81 STOP CSG 25,348 25,348 0 0
82 THE TOGETHER 23,522 39,897 40,000 0
83 INFORMED MEDICAL OPTIONS 23,314 7,440 32,301 0
84 LOVE AUSTRALIA OR LEAVE 20,846 13,981 29,500 0
85 IMO 16,945 47,050 43,145 0
86 FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY 16,917 41,471 0 0
87 THE AUSTRALIAN MENTAL HEALTH 15,513 14,089 1,624 0
88 BUILDING AUSTRALIA 14,638 32,102 33,528 0
89 RENEWABLE ENERGY 13,960 13,960 0 0
90 AUSTRALIAN WORKERS 9,850 7,217 0 0
91 FEDERATION 8,278 5,395 0 0
92 THE SMALL BUSINESS 8,000 5,464 0 0
93 AUSTRALIAN VOICE 7,707 7,498 0 0
94 INDEPENDENTS CAN 7,500 10,936 0 0
95 THE 23 MILLION 7,380 3,132 0 0
96 SMOKERS RIGHTS 4,418 2,273 0 0
97 NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS (EQUAL PARENTING) 3,856 8,010 0 0
98 CHILD PROTECTION 2,714 3,428 0 0
99 AUSTRALIAN PROTECTIONIST 2,075 5,065 0 0
100 AUSTRALIAN SOVEREIGNTY 1,661 3,081 0 0
101 AUSTRALIAN ANTIPAEDOPHILE 1,011 2,395 0 0
102 WOMENS 742 742 0 0
103 CONSUMER RIGHTS & NO-TOLLS 585 0 0 0
104 CEAA 550 0 0 0
105 CARERS ALLIANCE 500 4,130 0 0
106 COKE IN THE BUBBLERS 180 180 0 0
107 AUSTRALIAN PEOPLES 140 110 0 0
108 THE WOMENS 100 0 0 0
109 TIM STORER INDEPENDENT SA 0 0 0 0
110 21ST CENTURY AUSTRALIA 0 0 0 0
111 AUSTRALIAN INDEPENDENTS 0 2,000 0 0
112 AUSTRALIAN SPORTS 0 0 0 0
113 MUTUAL 0 0 0 0
114 SINGLE PARENTS 0 0 0 0
115 LDP 0 3,777 0 0
116 TIM STORER 0 0 0 0
117 TRANSPORT MATTERS 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 9,277,559 8,516,232 2,834,128 0 0
281 SANDGATE ROAD PROPERTIES
LNP 828,271 732,413 7,197,890 0 0
AFULE
ALP 4,273,400 2,138,218 54,538 49,668 0
ALP HOLDINGS
ALP 555,771 357,942 9,184,246 0 0
ALTUM
LNP 11,973,531 12,025,012 71,206,588 0 0
AMACSU
ALP 130,103,573 126,768,691 5,568,408 0 0
AMIEU
ALP 53,252,605 56,370,326 3,798,080 0 0
AMWU
ALP 392,541,504 391,239,065 7,445,863 0 0
ANIMAL JUSTICE FOUNDATION
Animal Justice Party 60,000 0 0 0 0
ASU
ALP 286,483,395 277,121,699 42,991,012 165,000 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) LTD
ALP 0 0 0 0 0
AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY (NSW) GIFTS PTY LTD
ALP 0 0 0 0 0
AWU
ALP 321,538,870 315,852,289 55,794,292 0 0
BASS 200 CLUB
LIBS 238,032 1,444,363 0 0 0
BAYSIDE FORUM
LIBS 937,904 764,250 57,491 0 0
BENDIGO 250 CLUB
LIBS 66,368 75,358 0 0 0
BERWICK RANGES 500 CLUB
LIBS 392,094 456,976 0 0 0
BEU
ALP 1,359,676 3,534,206 65,774 0 0
BLIND WORKERS UNION OF VICTORIA
ALP 56,136 66,247 0 0 0
BUNORI
LIBS 30,881,832 30,520,102 16,350,606 0 0
BURWOOD BUSINESS NETWORK
LIBS 14,705 14,116 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 495,704,426 498,164,478 113,991,860 0 0
CAULFIELD CHALLENGE 200 CLUB
LIBS 636,565 700,197 0 0 0
CEC
CEC 16,585,671 16,640,744 11,500,301 0 0
CEPU
ALP 281,279,496 279,972,282 33,614,167 294,000 7,754
CFMEU
ALP 1,031,789,919 1,040,483,948 79,263,745 0 162,903
CHIFLEY RESEARCH CENTRE
ALP 3,073,918 2,628,633 30,938 522,975 0
CHINESE LIBERALS ASSOCIATION
LIBS 150 3,960 0 0 0
CHISHOLM 200 CLUB
LIBS 113,333 86,639 0 0 0
CITIZENS MEDIA GROUP
CEC 787,888 769,595 467,313 0 0
CLP GIFTS AND LEGACIES
CLP 272,766 243,658 0 0 0
CONSTITUENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES
NATS 1,104,941 911,057 543,885 0 0
CONSTRUCTION FORESTRY MINING AND ENERGY UNION (NSW BRANCH) CONSTRUCTION AND GENERAL DIVISION (NSW STATE BODY)
ALP 1,178,891 1,251,788 0 0 0
CORMACK FOUNDATION
LIBS 29,679,121 25,052,850 0 0 0
DAME PATTIE MENZIES LIBERAL FOUNDATION
LIBS 25,971 17,166 0 0 0
DUNKLEY BLUE RIBBON CLUB
LIBS 147,298 200,387 0 0 0
EMILYS LIST
ALP 2,138,987 2,073,342 57,286 0 0
EMILYS LIST AUSTRALIA
ALP 326,776 289,655 0 0 0
ENDEAVOUR 270 CLUB
LIBS 10,152 2,312 0 0 0
ENTERPRISE CLUB
LIBS 240,863 253,752 0 0 0
ENTERPRISE WEST
LIBS 1,589 2,604 0 0 0
ETU
ALP 133,883,053 112,798,969 20,121,143 0 0
FEDERATION OF HUNTING CLUBS
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers 356,568 320,264 15,812 0 0
FLIGHT ATTENDANTS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL DIVISION
ALP 4,418,657 4,545,204 392,346 0 0
FOOD PRESERVERSAND UNION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA UNION OF WORKERS
ALP 203,675 268,589 81,178 0 0
FOREST HILL SUPPORTERS CLUB
LIBS 175,807 129,524 4,309 0 0
FORREST CATTLE FUND INC
LIBS 78,564 7,729 63,502 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 71,461,729 71,461,729 0 0 0
GATENBY INVESTMENT
LIBS 1,350,375 1,508,140 4,960,906 0 0
GEELONG 500 CLUB INC
NATS 137,602 134,989 17,564 0 0
GOULBURN RIVER AND RANGES 200 CLUB
LIBS 33,204 50,698 0 0 0
GREEN INSTITUTE
GREENS 1,533,102 1,207,939 49,386 90,780 0
HAWTHORN SPEAKERS FORUM
LIBS 10,300 0 0 0 0
HIGGINS 200
LIBS 1,660,167 1,633,709 13,364 0 0
HIGGINS 200 FOUNDATION
LIBS 230,252 423,846 0 0 0
HSU
ALP 178,854,166 173,454,858 21,665,880 192,000 0
IEU
ALP 5,302,289 5,104,459 140,038 0 61,731
INDUSTRIAL STAFF UNION
ALP 270,100 125,424 0 0 0
JAGAJAGA 200 CLUB
LIBS 75,619 66,237 0 0 0
JOHN CURTIN HOUSE
ALP 29,088,730 27,166,927 2,268,207 0 0
JOHN MCEWEN HOUSE
NATS 26,477,284 14,155,172 12,048,507 0 0
KAYE SUTHERLAND MEMORIAL BEQUEST FUND
ALP 0 133 0 0 0
KEW 500 CLUB
LIBS 19,351 0 0 0 0
KOOYONG 200 CLUB
LIBS 3,062,002 2,903,629 0 0 0
LABOR CAMPAIGN
ALP 107,555 38,331 2,000 0 0
LABOR HOLDINGS
ALP 78,964,691 76,692,553 43,310,941 0 5,009,792
LADY WILSON FOUNDATION
LIBS 46,778 6,860 550 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
LANEWAY ASSETS
NATS 837,099 515,925 0 30,000 0
LIBERAL ASSET MANAGEMENT (CUSTODIANS)
LIBS 1,621,931 1,198,271 3,852,671 0 0
LIBERAL CLUB
LIBS 748,443 566,090 48,842 0 0
LIBERAL FRIENDS OF ISRAEL
LIBS 2,391 1,332 0 0 0
LIBERAL PARTY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
LIBS 5,621,778 4,963,058 43,158 0 0
LIBERAL PROPERTIES
LIBS 7,168 3,653 30,842 0 0
LNP NOMINEES
LNP 9,656,886 27,026,521 62,799,927 0 0
LPPH
LIBS 342,674 339,253 71,749 0 0
MACEDON SPEAKERS CLUB
LIBS 11,913 30,389 0 0 0
MALLENANDS COLAC HOTEL
ALP 715,079 913,744 11,722 0 0
MEAA
ALP 89,212,862 89,750,524 7,450,436 33,000 0
MEHRING BOOKS
Socialist Equality Party 1,749,652 1,742,181 96,476 0 0
MENZIES 200 CLUB
LIBS 476,615 638,997 0 0 0
MENZIES RESEARCH CENTRE
LIBS 7,058,923 6,530,329 669,062 528,836 0
MORNINGTON GOLD
LIBS 77,759 95,879 0 0 0
NEPEAN CLUB
LIBS 20,553 61,980 0 0 4,500
NORTH EASTERN BUSINESS CIRCLE
LIBS 18,797 18,800 0 0 0
NORTH WEST 200 CLUB
LIBS 15,990 82,128 0 0 0
NORTHERN TERRITORY LABOR INVESTMENT TRUST
ALP 283,105 274,025 843,752 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
NUW
ALP 214,610,739 217,350,037 20,455,762 0 0
ONE NATION WESTERN AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED
LIBS 9,942 1,679 0 0 0
OUTER EASTERN PLATINUM CLUB
LIBS 594,397 600,313 0 0 0
PAGE RESEARCH CENTRE
NATS 807,307 711,069 105,412 229,456 0
PARAKEELIA
LIBS 6,055,313 5,864,015 3,698,741 0 0
PARLIAMENTARY LIBERAL PARTY COMMUNICATION COMMITTEE (VICTORIA)
LIBS 485,172 729,434 0 0 0
PERTH TRADES HALL
ALP 5,135,651 4,444,447 7,986,063 0 0
PILLIWINKS
NATS 3,875,368 3,963,988 3,691,940 0 0
PINNACLE CLUB
LIBS 505,888 431,791 0 0 0
PROGRESSIVE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
ALP 44,170,364 96,532,802 441,935 22,000 0
PSU
ALP 241,964,603 230,854,345 10,375,854 0 0
QUEENSLAND SERVICES, INDUSTRIAL UNION OF EMPLOYEES
ALP 355,656 1,407,719 6,345 0 0
RIPON 250 CLUB
LIBS 0 0 0 0 0
RTBU
ALP 143,137,509 134,285,861 9,099,451 0 0
SAPPHIRE CLUB
LIBS 197,304 201,043 0 0 0
SAW
ALP 4,548,225 4,289,644 124,876 0 0
SCORESBY CITY CLUB
LIBS 224,201 250,317 0 0 0
SDA
ALP 453,854,007 459,091,864 22,237,980 0 0
SDAE
ALP 214,437,183 176,078,829 14,060,045 0 0
SIR CHARLES COURT FOUNDATION
LIBS 311,539 98,049 61 0 0
SYDNEY SMALL BUSINESS CLUB (WARRINGAH CLUB)
LIBS 44,690 54,196 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
THE 500 CLUB
LIBS 4,009,279 4,005,028 137,228 0 0
THE FLUX STARTUP
FLUX 1,957 400 0 0 0
THE GREENFIELDS FOUNDATION
LIBS 528,148 501,155 0 0 0
THE LIBERAL FOUNDATION INC
LIBS 984,246 651,473 0 0 0
THE MONASH CLUB
LIBS 124,903 133,149 0 0 0
TWU
ALP 300,282,285 275,040,040 25,873,731 0 0
UFU
ALP 61,178,911 51,637,749 3,171,958 0 0
UNITED VOICE
ALP 444,152,031 426,695,652 16,557,782 0 0
UOW
ALP 2,745,154 2,700,199 413,022 0 2,500
USU
ALP 17,305,554 17,389,523 682,931 0 0
VAPOLD
LIBS 44,245,466 12,461,013 499,378 0 0
VICTORIA CLUB
LIBS 10,000 0 0 0 0
VIOLET BOBIN TRUST
ALP 138,411 470,813 0 0 0
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN PRISON OFFICERS UNION OF WORKERS
ALP 2,891,345 2,866,143 343,035 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 38,279 24,735 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 3,125,795 13,748,803 14,446,914 126,112 0
4 UNITED WORKERS UNION 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 AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF TRADE UNIONS 1,525,845 18,756,121 18,135,635 1,429,562 47,190
8 ADVANCE AUSTRALIA 1,502,073 1,301,243 1,457,208 44,865 0
9 CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MARITIME, MINING AND ENERGY UNION NATIONAL OFFICE 1,117,724 181,287,818 187,704,316 21,233,487 0
10 WARRINGAH INDEPENDENT LIMITED 956,024 1,356,824 1,345,794 130,419 0
11 AUSTRALIAN AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION 695,836 11,870,425 7,967,030 321,053 4,400,000
12 AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY 614,491 7,233,467 7,053,749 503,397 71,006
13 ANIMALS AUSTRALIA FEDERATION 515,879 13,922,917 8,280,482 227,708 0
14 AUSTRALIAN MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATIVE CLERICAL AND SERVICES UNION 500,000 4,730,233 4,390,336 0 0
15 AUSTRALIAN NURSING & MIDWIFERY FEDERATION 399,684 95,682,225 85,251,776 4,707,155 639,534
16 NEW SOUTH WALES NURSES AND MIDWIVES ASSOCIATION 364,922 48,332,559 48,160,108 706,429 95,838
17 AEU NSW TEACHERS FEDERATION 309,258 44,158,939 35,996,117 1,177,047 0
18 KP INDEPENDENTS LIMITED 281,944 722,381 720,377 125,833 0
19 BUSINESS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 245,564 13,084,264 13,790,811 228,476 130,000
20 AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION UNION 182,294 94,189,852 81,122,775 11,204,482 89,994
21 DICK SMITH 128,889 11,161 128,889 0 0
22 DICK SMITH 117,535 5,437 117,535 0 0
23 GETUP LIMITED 114,570 10,869,886 10,006,889 4,792 0
24 PENINSULA INDEPENDENT LIMITED 107,942 205,218 196,674 12,500 0
25 CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MARITIME, MINING AND ENERGY UNION NATIONAL OFFICE 78,393 201,423,428 199,309,419 13,596,354 0
26 AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY 52,084 7,716,008 6,877,728 732,142 924,486
27 AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION UNION VICTORIAN BRANCH 15,902 52,635,501 26,411,161 10,752,692 0
28 AEU NSW TEACHERS FEDERATION 3,104 44,641,058 35,029,167 1,045,389 50,000
29 WARRINGAH INDEPENDENT LIMITED 1,650 626,129 445,549 1,870 0
30 ANIMALS AUSTRALIA FEDERATION 0 20,736,308 13,384,123 0 0
31 AUSTRALIAN AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION 0 9,828,156 7,688,508 238,128 2,200,000
32 AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION UNION VICTORIAN BRANCH 0 0 0 0 0
33 AUSTRALIAN MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATIVE CLERICAL AND SERVICES UNION 0 4,512,626 4,032,746 0 0
34 BUSINESS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 0 13,513,451 14,673,604 12,643 55,000
35 KP INDEPENDENTS LIMITED 0 0 0 0 0
36 LET AUSTRALIA LTD 0 24,749,905 20,522,865 0 0
37 MINERALS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 0 26,423,421 21,658,530 1,134,406 3,594,989
38 NEW SOUTH WALES NURSES AND MIDWIVES ASSOCIATION 0 51,827,788 48,929,263 599,321 111,563
39 PENINSULA INDEPENDENT LIMITED 0 0 0 0 0
40 THE MINDEROO FOUNDATION PTY LTD ATF THE MINDEROO FOUNDATION TRUST 0 822,280,412 392,126,592 16,885,480 217,618,067
41 UNITED WORKERS UNION 0 85,050,751 99,131,706 2,975,484 0
42 UNIVERSITIES AUSTRALIA 0 14,230,338 10,825,166 431,012 2,288,000
43 INDUSTRY SUPER AUSTRALIA 0 26,429,436 26,280,343 134,055 0
44 LET AUSTRALIA LTD 0 16,573,098 25,806,286 0 0
45 MINERALS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 0 23,897,410 20,820,676 805,753 65,340
46 THE MINDEROO FOUNDATION PTY LTD ATF THE MINDEROO FOUNDATION TRUST 0 656,050,635 42,203,546 2,860,140 275,000
47 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 ACTU 13/14-17/18 24,038,859 451,674 17,317,762 0 2,269,435 2,931,987 25,469,396
3 AEU 13/14-17/18 11,798,792 1,668,132 4,678,662 0 492,654 2,099,254 0
4 COAL21 15/16-17/18 9,998,631 0 7,293,535 0 56,130 646,145 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 BCA 15/16-17/18 4,554,229 16,500 3,013,428 0 106,700 338,974 220,000
8 NMA 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 UNITED VOICE 13/14-17/18 2,137,691 712,109 84,876 0 90,727 803,063 0
11 AMWU 13/14-18/19 1,956,284 0 0 0 2,295 136,566 0
12 INDUSTRY SUPER 16/17-17/18 1,677,001 0 1,677,001 0 0 0 0
13 WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE AUSTRALIA 13/14-18/19 1,563,467 0 121,728 0 46,310 2,500 1,606,000
14 AMACSU 13/14-18/19 1,406,010 1,288,623 0 0 6,253 0 0
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 AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION 13/14-17/18 1,207,018 0 777,254 0 59,482 45,843 0
18 CFMEU 13/14-17/18 1,003,403 853,191 33,376 0 0 34,448 0
19 MINDEROO FOUNDATION 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 ANMF 17/18-18/19 807,834 252 0 0 0 602,070 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 GREENPEACE AUSTRALIA PACIFIC 13/14-18/19 478,195 139,705 28,045 0 43,047 15,340 0
26 UNIONS NSW 13/14-18/19 460,810 157,252 0 0 41,800 0 0
27 PSU 15/16-18/19 453,467 22,094 500 0 10,655 31,693 0
28 AUSTRALIAN YOUTH CLIMATE COALITION 17/18-18/19 437,483 0 0 0 0 13,170 0
29 SDAE 13/14-18/19 431,762 163,591 14,022 0 96,605 82,809 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 MEAA 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 WORLD VISION AUSTRALIA 15/16-16/17 262,490 0 0 0 13,000 54,515 262,490
38 NUW 13/14-17/18 242,294 54,753 0 0 47,675 65,541 0
39 AWU 13/14-18/19 239,904 0 0 0 34,724 0 0
40 WILDERNESS SOCIETY 15/16-18/19 229,108 0 0 0 5,000 25,203 89,750
41 FARMERS FOR CLIMATE ACTION 17/18-18/19 221,539 0 58,566 0 0 0 482,704
42 TASMANIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY 18/19-18/19 220,629 0 0 0 0 0 0
43 CPSU 17/18-18/19 200,000 0 0 0 0 150,000 0
44 ETU 13/14-18/19 191,946 0 1,000 0 0 0 0
45 ASU 13/14-18/19 182,367 0 0 0 0 8,410 0
46 CHERISH LIFE QUEENSLAND 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 CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK 18/19-18/19 140,113 0 0 0 0 0 143,400
49 CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS AUSTRALIA 18/19-18/19 139,803 0 0 0 0 0 47,500
50 SMART ENERGY COUNCIL (PREVIOUSLY AUSTRALIAN SOLAR COUNCIL) 15/16-18/19 136,908 26,280 0 0 0 0 36,000
51 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS 18/19-18/19 130,233 0 0 0 0 0 143,257
52 JOHN CRAWFORD 18/19-18/19 129,545 0 0 0 0 0 45,000
53 ENVIRONMENT VICTORIA 15/16-18/19 128,271 25,209 6,953 0 15,400 49,900 0
54 THE CLIMATE INSTITUTE 13/14-14/15 107,010 9,650 31,210 0 38,650 0 220,000
55 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA 18/19-18/19 102,964 0 0 0 0 0 0
56 AUSTRALIAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATION 15/16-15/16 97,509 0 0 0 16,072 32,920 0
57 THE OAKTREE FOUNDATION AUSTRALIA 15/16-17/18 97,507 0 0 0 0 89,245 0
58 GENDER AWARENESS AUSTRALIA 18/19-18/19 87,454 0 0 0 0 0 0
59 ALLIANCE OF AUSTRALIAN RETAILERS 13/14-17/18 79,338 0 0 0 0 0 0
60 NATIONAL CIVIC COUNCIL 15/16-16/17 72,537 51,219 21,318 0 0 0 0
61 QUEENSLAND COUNCIL OF UNIONS 15/16-15/16 71,390 134 0 0 3,297 63,375 0
62 COUNCIL OF MAYORS (SEQ) 15/16-17/18 66,747 0 0 0 0 65,958 0
63 MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION 15/16-15/16 56,685 0 0 0 0 56,685 0
64 ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY NATIONAL COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 17/18-17/18 50,210 0 0 0 0 50,210 0
65 FAIR AGENDA 16/17-18/19 44,730 0 0 0 0 17,947 20,000
66 DRAGOMAN 17/18-18/19 41,231 0 0 0 0 25,000 0
67 STATE SCHOOL TEACHERS UNION 18/19-18/19 39,804 0 0 0 0 0 0
68 AUSTRALIAN MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY 18/19-18/19 37,261 0 0 0 0 0 0
69 IEU 18/19-18/19 34,740 0 0 0 0 0 0
70 HSU 13/14-18/19 33,000 0 0 0 0 0 0
71 RSPCA AUSTRALIA 17/18-17/18 26,271 0 0 0 2,700 23,571 0
72 AUSTRALIAN TAXPAYERS ALLIANCE 18/19-18/19 25,620 0 0 0 0 0 0
73 AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION OF CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS 18/19-18/19 24,750 0 0 0 0 0 0
74 USU 18/19-18/19 23,180 0 0 0 0 0 0
75 AMIEU 15/16-15/16 21,420 21,420 0 0 0 0 0
76 VOICES FOR FARRER 18/19-18/19 21,148 0 0 0 0 0 0
77 RITEON 18/19-18/19 20,551 0 0 0 0 0 0
78 CATHOLIC EDUCATION MELBOURNE 17/18-18/19 20,054 0 0 0 0 0 0
79 IR21 18/19-18/19 16,460 0 0 0 0 0 0
80 RTBU 13/14-18/19 16,335 0 0 0 0 0 0
81 SAVE THE CHILDREN AUSTRALIA 16/17-16/17 16,280 0 0 0 16,280 0 0
82 TWU 13/14-17/18 15,622 0 0 0 0 0 0
83 GREEN MUSIC AUSTRALIA 17/18-17/18 6,100 0 0 0 0 6,100 0
84 350 AUSTRALIA 17/18-17/18 4,708 0 0 0 0 4,708 0
85 THE FOOD PRESERVERS UNION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA UNION OF WORKERS 13/14-16/17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
86 AFULE 13/14-13/14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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