Electoral Gifts

Candidates in local government elections and donors (people or organisations who donate a gift to a candidate) are required by the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997 to disclose gifts leading up to the local government elections.

Electoral gifts

A "gift" means a disposition of property, or the conferral of any financial benefit, made by one person in favour of another.

It can include:

  • a gift of money;
  • a gift which is non-monetary but of value;
  • a gift in kind or where there is inadequate financial consideration such as the receipt of a discount (where the difference or the discount is worth more than $200.00);
  • a financial or other contribution to travel;
  • the provision of a service for no consideration or for inadequate consideration;
  • a firm promise or agreement to give a gift at some future time;
  • It is important to note that a gift could be one or more gifts from the same donor that's combined value is $200.00 or more; and
  • a "gift" does not include a gift by will; a gift from a relative; a gift that does not relate to the candidate's candidature; or the provision of volunteer labour.

Disclosure of electoral gifts

Both candidates and donors are required to disclose information about any electoral related gift with a value of $200.00 or more that is given or promised within the disclosure period.

It is essential that candidates and donors are aware of this legislative requirement.

In addition, any gifts from unidentified donors must be disclosed and provided to the CEO of the relevant local government for disposal.

Disclosure period

Within three days of nomination, any candidate in a local government election will need to disclose any gifts received within the disclosure period. Any gifts received after the nomination has been made must be disclosed within 3 days. The disclosure period commences six months prior to the Election Day. The disclosure period finishes three days after Election Day (for unsuccessful candidates) and on the start day for financial interest returns for successful candidates.

The disclosure period for 2019 is 19 April 2019 – 22 October 2019.

How a disclosure is made

All disclosures are to be made by completing the LG09A Disclosure of Gifts form.  Completed forms are to be provided to the City of Vincent Chief Executive Officer (email forms to mail@vincent.wa.gov.au or hand deliver to the City’s administration centre).

Once you have nominated as a candidate, you must disclose any gifts within three days of receiving the gift. You disclose the gift by completing the form and submitting it to the City.

Prior to nominating, if a gift is received you need to complete the LG09A Disclosure of Gifts form, and provide this to the City once nominated.

Donors will also need to disclose any gifts by completing this form.

The details to be included in the form are the name of the candidate, the name and address of the donor, the date the gift was promised or received, the value of the gift and a description of the gift.

The City's register of gift disclosures made by candidates and donors is available for inspection at the City Administration.  A summary of the disclosures made is also available here.