Electoral Gifts

Both candidates and donors must disclose information about any election related gift with a value of $300 or more that was given or promised within the 6-month period prior to the relevant election day.

The reporting period for the 2023 elections commenced on 21 April 2023.

Electoral gifts

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

A "gift" includes:

  • money
  • non-monetary item of value
  • 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 $300)
  • 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 $300.00 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

The disclosure of a gift is to be made to the CEO of the local government and must include:

  • The candidate name;
  • The name and address of the donor;
  • The date the gift was received (or promised);
  • The value of the gift; and 
  • The description of the gift. 

Both candidates and donors are required to disclose information about any electoral related gift with a value of $300 or more that is given or promised within the disclosure period.

In addition, any gifts from unidentified donors must be disclosed and provided to the CEO 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 start day is the day of the declaration by the Elected Member.

The disclosure period for 2023 is 21 April 2023 – 24 October 2023.

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 Administration Centre.  A summary of the disclosures made is also available here.

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