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Political Donations & Gift Disclosure Statements

If you are submitting a planning application or making a public submission on a planning application and you, or any person with a financial interest in the proposed building works, has made a political donation to a Hurstville City Councillor, or given a gift to a Councillor or Council employee, you must submit a disclosure statement declaring it.

Planning applications include:

  • development applications
  • applications to modify a development consent
  • formal requests to initiate an environmental planning instrument in relation to development on a particular site
  • formal requests to initiate a development control plan in relation to development on a particular site.

Public submission means a written submission made by a person objecting to or supporting a relevant planning application or any development that would be authorised by the granting of an application.

Disclosure statements minimise perceptions of undue influence over planning applications.

The laws require disclosure of:

If a political donation or gift was made before the planning application or submission, the disclosure statement must be included with the planning application or submission.

If a political donation or gift was made after the planning application or submission, but before Council has made its decision, the disclosure statement must be provided within seven days of the political donation or gift being made.

Public availability

Section 147(12) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 requires Council to make available to the public a register of the relevant Disclosure Statements. Council is required by law to make disclosure statements available to the public within 14 days of submission.  At the end of each financial year, Council is also obliged to send a summary of all political donations and gifts declared to the NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure. 

Hurstville City Council notifies the public of any disclosure received through:

  • Publication of Disclosure statements on its website via the On-line DA Tracking System
  • Making available disclosure statements in person at Council's Customer Service Centre
  • Including the details of disclosures received on planning reports
  • Submission of a summary table of all declared political donations and gifts to the NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure at the end of each financial year (see below):

pdf icon Register of Political Donations & Gift Disclosure - 1 July 2010 - 30 June 2011 (31.17kB)

pdf icon Register of Political Donations & Gift Disclosure - 1 July 2011 - 30 June 2012 (30.72kB)

Submit a disclosure statement

Please complete your disclosure statement, and forward to Council, attached to the relevant planning application or submission.

Complete pdf icon Political Donations And Gifts Disclosure Statement (53.16kB)

Email to hccmail@hurstville.nsw.gov.au or post to Hurstville City Council, Box 205, Hurstville  BC  NSW  1481

Penalties

If you are required by law to make a disclosure statement and fail to do so, the maximum penalty is $22,000, 12 months imprisonment, or both.

More information

Applications Online - track an application and disclosure statement online.

Planning Reform - NSW Department of Planning fact sheets on disclosure of gifts and donations.

NSW Electoral Commission - Obligations and disclosures for recording political donations and expenses.  Email enquiries to Funding, Disclosure and Compliance Branch at fdc@elections.nsw.gov.au

Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981 - this Act requires the disclosure of certain political donations and electoral expenditure for local government election campaigns; and for other purposes.

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