This article was published on the Electoral Commission of Queensland’s website and is available here.
From 2 October 2018, new laws in Queensland ban political donations from property developers and industry bodies which have property developers as the majority of their members. It is illegal to make or accept prohibited donations. It is also against the law to solicit someone to make a donation on behalf of a prohibited donor. The laws are retrospective to 12 October 2017, meaning any prohibited donations received since then, must be returned within 30 days of 2 October 2018. No penalties will apply if these donations are returned by 1 November 2018.
The ban on political donations by property developers seeks to minimise corruption risks as identified by the Crime and Corruption Commission during its Operation Belcarra . It also aims to strengthen the equity, integrity, transparency and accountability in State and local government in Queensland.
The new laws are administered by the ECQ under the Prohibited Donors Scheme. If you’re unsure about whether you can make political donations, you may apply to the ECQ for a determination. According to the State’s electoral laws, the Electoral Commissioner (or delegate) may only determine an applicant is not a prohibited donor, or make no determination.
- For more details or to make an application to the ECQ, see Policy Information and Application Forms
- Looking for more information or have a question? Click here for the Prohibited Donors Fact Sheets or view the Frequently Asked Questions
- See the Register of non-Prohibited Donors
Contact the ECQ for more information on 1300 881 665 or
Call the Townsville Chamber on 4771 2729.