Disclosures of political donations

Development-related disclosures

Anyone who lodges or comments on a Development Application or planning proposal must publicly disclose any associated donations or gifts. This includes development-related matters including EPIs, DCPs, concept plans and applications for declaration as State Significant Development, as well as Part 3A projects and modifications.

A disclosure must be made by any person who has a financial interest in a planning application and who has made a reportable political donation in the 2 years before the application is made or determined.


If a person fails to disclose a reportable political donation or gift - and if it's reasonable for that person to have known that such a disclosure should have been made, the maximum penalty is $22,000 or 12 months imprisonment, or both.

Disclose a political donation or gift 

Council-related disclosures

Council officers and elected councillors must publicly disclose any associated interests, donations or gifts relating to planning decisions. 

The council’s General Manager must also keep a public register of each planning decision made by Council, and the names of the councillors who supported or opposed the decision. Where it's suspected that a councillor has not disclosed a political donation or gift, the general manager must refer any matter to the Director General of the Department of Local Government. 

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