Political Donations and Public Funding Reform

Consultation has concluded

The Government is seeking public comment in relation to the following three reform areas recommended by the Inquiry into Options for the Reform of Political Funding and Donations in the Northern Territory:

  • Introducing a cap on electoral expenditure;
  • Introducing a cap on political donations; and
  • Providing partial public funding of political parties and candidates in order to reduce the reliance on political donations.

This is a package of electoral reforms and should be considered in conjunction with each other, rather than as individual, stand-alone reforms.

The discussion paper sets out the proposed levels of caps on electoral expenditure and political donations, as well as the introduction of partial public funding of political parties and candidates as recommended by the independent Inquiry.

How to have your say

Have your say by completing the online survey below. Submissions close 21 September 2018.

Alternatively, you can download and fill in the survey and return by email to electoralreform.dcm@nt.gov.au or via post

Electoral Reforms
Department of the Chief Minister
GPO Box 4396
Darwin NT 0801

What happens to my feedback

Any feedback or comment received by the Department of the Chief Minister will be treated as a public document unless clearly marked as ‘confidential’. In the absence of such clear indication, the Department of the Chief Minister will treat the feedback or comment as non-confidential.

Non-confidential feedback or comments are likely to be made publicly available and published on the Department of the Chief Minister website. The Department of the Chief Minister may draw upon the contents of such and quote from them or refer to them in reports, which may be made publicly available.

After the public consultation period, Government will consider the ideas and opinions put forward by members of the public, and decide whether the Electoral Act needs to be amended.

The discussion paper has been prepared for discussion purposes only and any views expressed are not to be taken to represent official policy or the views of the Northern Territory Government, the Northern Territory Chief Minister or the Department of the Chief Minister.

The Government is seeking public comment in relation to the following three reform areas recommended by the Inquiry into Options for the Reform of Political Funding and Donations in the Northern Territory:

  • Introducing a cap on electoral expenditure;
  • Introducing a cap on political donations; and
  • Providing partial public funding of political parties and candidates in order to reduce the reliance on political donations.

This is a package of electoral reforms and should be considered in conjunction with each other, rather than as individual, stand-alone reforms.

The discussion paper sets out the proposed levels of caps on electoral expenditure and political donations, as well as the introduction of partial public funding of political parties and candidates as recommended by the independent Inquiry.

How to have your say

Have your say by completing the online survey below. Submissions close 21 September 2018.

Alternatively, you can download and fill in the survey and return by email to electoralreform.dcm@nt.gov.au or via post

Electoral Reforms
Department of the Chief Minister
GPO Box 4396
Darwin NT 0801

What happens to my feedback

Any feedback or comment received by the Department of the Chief Minister will be treated as a public document unless clearly marked as ‘confidential’. In the absence of such clear indication, the Department of the Chief Minister will treat the feedback or comment as non-confidential.

Non-confidential feedback or comments are likely to be made publicly available and published on the Department of the Chief Minister website. The Department of the Chief Minister may draw upon the contents of such and quote from them or refer to them in reports, which may be made publicly available.

After the public consultation period, Government will consider the ideas and opinions put forward by members of the public, and decide whether the Electoral Act needs to be amended.

The discussion paper has been prepared for discussion purposes only and any views expressed are not to be taken to represent official policy or the views of the Northern Territory Government, the Northern Territory Chief Minister or the Department of the Chief Minister.



  • Consultation has concluded