Terms of Reference

Inquiry into and report on all aspects of the conduct of the 2016 Federal Election and matters related thereto

1.     All aspects of the 2016 Federal election and matters related thereto, and without limiting the scope of the committee's 
        inquiry, with particular reference to:

(a)         The application of provisions requiring authorisation of electoral material to all forms of communication to voters;
(b)         The potential applicability of ‘truth in advertising' provisions to communication to voters including third-party 
              carriage services;
(c)         The options available to Parliament to ensure consistent application of disclosure rules to and the regulation of all
              entities undertaking campaign activities; and,
(d)         The potential application of new technology to voting, scrutiny and counting, with particular reference to its 
              application to remote voting, ADF personnel on deployment and supporting vision-impaired voters.

2.     The extent of donations and contributions from foreign sources, persons, entities and foreign-owned subsidiaries to 
        political parties, associated entities and other third parties and entities undertaking campaign activities, and the options 
        available to Parliament to regulate these.

3.     The current donations, contributions, expenditure and disclosure regime, its application and timeliness and alternative 
        approaches available to Parliament.

4.     The extent to which fundraising and expenditure by third parties is conducted in concert with registered political parties 
        and the applicability and utilisation of tax deductibility by entities involved in campaign activities.

5.     Any matters related to the terms outlined above.

In considering these matters, the Committee is encouraged to consider previous inquiries and reports of past committees, regulatory developments implemented by States and Territories and recent determinations of the High Court with respect to these.

The Committee is requested to provide a report in respect of item 1a by December 1, 2016, and item 2 by March 3, 2017.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2374

About this inquiry

On 21 September 2016, the Special Minister of State, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, asked the Committee to inquire into and report on all aspects of the 2016 Federal Election and related matters.

The Committee is conducting a review of political donations as part of its inquiry into the conduct of the 2016 federal election.

Past Public Hearings

20 Nov 2018:
29 Jun 2018: Parkes
20 Feb 2018: West Perth


Inquiry Status


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