Campaign donation returns

Election Campaign Donation Returns

Local government election candidates must provide a record of whether they did or didn’t receive any donations or gifts, including in-kind support, for their election campaign.

You’re required under Victorian law to provide a completed campaign donation return if you:

  • have received donations or gifts, or
  • haven’t received donations or gifts
  • were successfully elected, or
  • weren’t elected.

The donation or gift, including in-kind support, must be:

  • individually valued at over $500.
  • offered during the donation period. This means the period commencing 30 days after the previous election and ending 30 days after the current election.

Under the Local Government Act 1989, all candidates in Victorian council elections must submit a return within 40 days of election day.

Complete a campaign donation return

Download and complete the donation return and send to the CEO of the council.

All fields must be filled out and the declaration signed by you. If you received no gifts, you may indicate this in the “Details of Gifts” section by writing “No disclosable gifts” in the table provided.

Failure to submit a CDR, or providing false or misleading information on a CDR, can result in prosecution and fines of more than $9,600 (as of 1 July 2018).

The Inspectorate is the integrity agency for local government in Victoria and investigates alleged breaches of the Local Government Act 1989, including electoral offences.

The Inspectorate monitors the submission of CDRs by candidates in council elections and may prosecute any candidate who fails to comply with section 62 of the Act.


Local Government Act 1989 (section 62)

Campaign donation return fact sheet Campaign donation return fact sheetPDF (353.2 KB)Blank return form Blank return formDOC (38.5 KB)

Local Government (Electoral) Regulations 2016 Part 8 - Election DonationsPDF (12.95 KB)

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