New disclosure requirements
From 1 January, 2020 a new regime for political donations and electoral expenditure requirements will come into force.
Under the amendments, candidates, parties, associated entities and third party campaigners will be required to submit returns that will be made public. January 1 will also signal the start of the 'expenditure cap' period.
For the 2020 election, candidates and political parties will have a $40,000 per electorate cap placed upon them.
For example, in the 2020 August election political parties who run candidates in all 25 seats will be able to spend a total of $1 million on their campaign. Non-endorsed candidates will have a cap of $40,000.
The Johnston by-election next year will be the first election where the cap will be in force. Parties and candidates will be able to spend up to $40,000 on the by-election. This amount will not counted toward their August 2020 election expenditure cap.
Read the information sheets about the changes to disclosure laws in the Northern Territory.