Disclosing political gifts and donations

Disclosing political gifts and donations

Disclosure requirements

Gifts and donations given to either City of Sydney councillors including their political party or elected group, or to employees or approved contractors of the City, must be disclosed by law when you lodge a development application (DA) or a public submission objecting to or in support of a DA.

Donations or gifts given to a councillor, their political party or group, at the time they were a candidate for election to Council must also be disclosed. Reportable donations and gifts need to be disclosed if they were given by:

  • the applicant or entity submitting a DA
  • any person or entity with a financial interest in a DA
  • any person or entity making a public submission about a DA.

Disclosing reportable donations and gifts covers the 2-year period before the application or submission was made, up until the DA is determined by Council.

If the gift or donation was made after the DA or submission was lodged it needs to be disclosed within 7 days.

If you need to disclose any gifts or donations please complete and submit the form at the same time your DA or public submission is lodged with the City. The form can be downloaded below.

Public information

The City is required to retain the DA gift and donation disclosure statements made by applicants and people lodging public submissions about a DA.

We must make the disclosures available to the public after an access to information request has been made under the Government Information (Public Access) Regulation 2009.

If you require access to disclosure statements held by the City, you can submit an online request.

Last updated: Monday, 27 June 2016