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  • Can people who access the electoral gift register publish information within it?

    Yes.  However, it is an offence for a person to publish information derived from the electoral gift register if that information is not a fair or accurate summary of information contained in the register and is not published in good faith.  It is also an offence for a person to publish comments on the facts contained in an electoral gift register unless that comment is fair and published in good faith.

    The penalty for such an offence is $5,000.00.

  • Do the normal requirements on Elected Members in relation to gifts continue to apply to those Members who are candidates for a coming election?
    Yes.  However, the normal requirements for dealing with gifts, set out in the Local Government (Rules of Conduct) Regulations 2007 and explained in this FAQs do not apply to electoral gifts disclosed in accordance with these FAQs.
  • Do the public have access to the electoral gift register?
    Yes.  Any member of the public has access to the register.
  • Do the public have access to the electoral gift register?
    Yes.  Any member of the public has access to the register.
  • How do I determine the value of an electoral gift?
    Valuing gifts can be particularly difficult if you are unfamiliar with the gift.  If you believe the value of the electoral gift falls close to $200.00, which would trigger disclosure, or if you are unsure of an electoral gift's value, an enquiry should be made to accurately identify the value.  In this case, you would probably need to ask the donor to identify the value and indicate that the Electoral Regulations require candidates and donors to disclose electoral gifts valued at $200.00 or more.
  • How do I disclose relevant electoral gifts?
    The Chief Executive Officer has an electoral gift disclosure form, or alternatively these forms can be obtained from the Shire's website.  Ask the Chief Executive Officer or Executive Support Officer for one of these forms, complete it and return it to the Chief Executive Officer within the required time-frame.
  • How long is my disclosure kept in the electoral gift register?

    For unsuccessful candidates, disclosures are removed from the register three days after election day, but are retained for a period of at least two years by the Chief Executive Officer.

    For successful candidates, disclosures will remain on the register until the terms of office resulting from that election is completed.

    The disclosures will be removed from the register at the conclusion of the term and retained for a period of at least two years by the Chief Executive Officer.

  • Over what period do relevant electoral gifts need to be disclosed?

    The period for disclosing relevant electoral gifts commences six months before election day, and concludes:

    • three days after the election day, for unsuccessful candidates; or
    • on the start of the financial interests returns for successful candidates.
  • Over what period do relevant electoral gifts need to be disclosed?

    The period for disclosing relevant electoral gifts commences six months before election day, and concludes:

    • three days after the election day, for unsuccessful candidates; or
    • on the start of the financial interests returns for successful candidates.
  • What do I need to disclose?

    Candidates will need to disclose the name and address of the relevant gift's donor, the date the gift was promised or received, the value of the gift and provide a description of the gift.

    Donors of gifts are also required to disclose certain details about the gift.