Expense Limits

The Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act (EFCDA) imposes limits on the amount that a registered third party advertiser (TPA) can spend on  advertising expenses during the relevant period for that type of TPA, as defined in the EFCDA.

Beginning January 1, 2020, the election spending limits for each entity is shown below:


Entity Type  Advertising Expense Limit
Election TPA General election: $159,103 from December 1st to the day before writ‑day (2019 and earlier $150,000), plus $159,103 from writ‑day to election day (2019 and earlier $150,000)
By-election: $3,182 per electoral division (2019 and earlier $3,000 per electoral division)
Political TPA n/a – no expense limit outside an election period but PTPAs cannot incur political advertising expenses during an election period
Senate Election TPA $31,821 (2019 and earlier $30,000)
Referendum TPA $530,342 (2019 and earlier $500,000)