On 20 June 2019, the Department issued 4 Penalty Notices totalling $12,000 to Telstra Corporation Limited (Telstra) for failure to disclose reportable political donations to the Department for 4 development applications, namely DA090-09-11 Australian Technology Park, DA008_02_2012 Glebe Island, DA7201 Blue Cow and DA9111 Charlotte Pass. Those same donations were reported by Telstra on the NSW Electoral Commission website.
An applicant is responsible for disclosing all reportable political donations to the Department when making development applications under s10.4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Following an internal review, Telstra self-reported the donations to the Department and improved systems to disclose any future donations.
Page last updated: 22/07/2019