Politics & Voting

Australian Politics and Voting

Federal Elections

When are you allowed to Vote in an Australian Election ?

    Enrolling and voting in Commonwealth elections and referendums is compulsory if you are:

    • 18 years of age or over
    • an Australian citizen (or a British subject who was on a Commonwealth of Australia electoral roll on 25 January 1984), and
    • you have lived at your current address for at least the last month

    People who are 17 years old can provisionally enrol so that they can vote at elections when they reach 18 years of age.

    The only non-Australian citizens eligible to enrol and vote at federal elections in Australia are British subjects who were on a Commonwealth Electoral Roll on 25 January 1984, at which time the eligibility requirements were altered.
    As there are minor differences in the eligibility criteria for State purposes, please check the enrolment form of the State for which you wish to enrol.

    Claimants for enrolment need to satisfy the enrolment eligibility criteria listed above.

The following people are NOT entitled to enrol and vote:

  • people who, by reason of being of unsound mind, are incapable of understanding the nature and significance of enrolment and voting
  • prisoners serving a sentence of five years or more
  • people who have been convicted of treason and not pardoned
  • Australian citizens permanently living overseas who do not have a fixed intention of returning to Australia
  • any person who renounces their Australian citizenship.
  • http://www.aec.gov.au/_content/what/enrolment/general.htm

Who’s Who in Parliament

This page provides details of all the Federal Politicians in Australia.

This allows you to access contact pages for your local MP.

Australian Electoral Commission

This page allows you to search for the Federal Politician that covers any specific area, town, suburb etc.

Federal Elections are held every three years.

There are two sections of Parliament, the Representatives and the Senate (like the UK Upper House).

The Representative members serve a three year term, whilst the Senators serve a six year term, although half of the seats are re-elected every three years.

State Elections

To be eligible to enrol to vote, you must be:

  • 18 years of age and over, an Australian citizen, and have an address in that State.
  • British subjects who were on the Commonwealth or State electoral roll on 26 January 1984, reside in the State and are enrolled to vote, are also eligible to vote in State elections.

As there are minor differences in the eligibility criteria for State purposes, please check the enrolment form of the State for which you wish to enrol.

Council Elections

Different rules may apply for Council elections in each State.


    Council Elections

    Voting in council elections is compulsory for all people qualified to vote in State elections.

    You must qualify as an elector under the Electoral Act 1992 in order to vote.
    This means :



    Voting in council elections is not compulsory.
    Everyone listed on the State electoral roll is allowed to vote.
    The councils also have a list of other voters, including non-naturalised citizens and rate payers who live in other council areas.

    You must be enrolled on the Council voters roll to be able to vote. You are eligible to vote if you are:

    • 18 years of age or over at the time of voting; and

    • a resident in the Council area. You do not have to own a house or property to enrol to vote – tenants have those rights too.

    • Owners of property who are not residents, including body corporates or groups, also have entitlements to enrol to vote.

    www.parliament.curriculum.edu.au and


    Voting in municipal elections is not compulsory, but all people listed on the House of Assembly electoral roll can vote. Voting is also open to ratepayers and occupiers aged 18 years or over who are not on the House of Assembly electoral roll.







2010 Federal election results

Results as at 6th Sept 2010 with election result not yet finalised

Enrolment: 14,088,260 Turnout: 91.71%

Two Party Preferred

    % Party Votes
    50.01% Liberal/National Coalition 5,780,910
    49.99% Australian Labor Party 5,778,172

Primary Votes

    % Party Votes
    39.61% Liberal/LNP of Qld 4,834,956
    38.00% Australian Labor Party 4,638,209
    11.69% The Greens 1,427,380
    3.73% The Nationals 455,695
    2.54% Independent 310,232
    2.25% Family First 274,520
    0.67% CDP Christian Party 81,952
    0.31% Country Liberals 37,950
    0.22% One Nation 26,636
    0.19% Liberty and Democracy Party 23,316
    0.18% Democrats 21,763
    0.10% Secular Party of Australia 12,377
    0.09% Australian Sex Party 10,849
    0.09% Socialist Equality Party 10,788
    0.08% Socialist Alliance 9,167
    0.06% Citizens Electoral Council 7,893
    0.04% DLP – Democratic Labor Party 5,129
    0.04% The Climate Sceptics 4,283
    0.03% Australia First Party (NSW) Incorporated 3,613
    0.02% Non-Custodial Parents Party 2,794
    0.02% Non Affiliated 2,498
    0.01% Building Australia Party 1,458
    0.01% Carers Alliance 1,412
    0.01% Communist Alliance 616

2007 Federal election results

Enrolment: 13,646,539 Turnout: 94.76%

    % Party Votes
    43.38% Australian Labor Party 5,388,184
    36.28% Liberal 4,506,302
    7.79% The Greens 967,789
    5.49% The Nationals 682,424
    2.22% Independent 275,136
    1.99% Family First 246,798
    0.84% CDP Christian Party 104,705
    0.72% Democrats 89,813
    0.32% CLP – The Territory Party 40,298
    0.26% One Nation 32,650
    0.22% Citizens Electoral Council 27,880
    0.14% Liberty and Democracy Party 17,048
    0.08% Socialist Alliance 9,973
    0.08% Climate Change Coalition 9,470
    0.05% DLP – Democratic Labor Party 6,018
    0.03% Socialist Equality Party 4,283
    0.03% What Women Want (Australia) 3,870
    0.03% Conservatives for Climate and Environment Incorporated 3,239
    0.02% The Fishing Party 2,083
    0.01% Non Affiliated 1,234
    0.01% Non-Custodial Parents Party 795
    0.00% …. 0
    96.05% FORMAL 12,419,992
    3.95% INFORMAL 510,822
    94.76% TOTAL 12,930,814

    2007 Federal Election Result

2004 Federal election results

Enrolment: 13,098,461 Turnout: 94.32%

    % Party Votes
    40.47% Liberal 4,741,458
    37.64% Australian Labor Party 4,409,117
    7.19% The Greens 841,734
    5.89% The Nationals 690,275
    2.44% Independent 286,206
    2.01% Family First 235,315
    1.24% Democrats 144,832
    1.19% One Nation 139,956
    0.62% CDP Christian Party 72,241
    0.36% Citizens Electoral Council 42,349
    0.34% CLP – The Territory Party 39,855
    0.12% Socialist Alliance 14,155
    0.08% New Country Party 9,439
    0.07% liberals for forests 8,165
    0.07% No GST 7,802
    0.05% Non Affiliated 5,830
    0.04% Ex-Service, Service & Veterans Party 4,369
    0.03% Progressive Labour Party 3,775
    0.03% Outdoor Recreation Party 3,505
    0.03% Save the ADI Site Party 3,490
    0.02% The Great Australians 2,824
    0.02% The Fishing Party 2,516
    0.02% Lower Excise Fuel and Beer Party 2,007
    0.01% DLP – Democratic Labor Party 1,372
    0.01% Non-Custodial Parents Party 1,132
    0.01% HEMP 787
    0.00% Nuclear Disarmament Party 341
    0.00% The Aged and Disability Pensioners Party 285
    94.82% FORMAL 11,715,132
    5.18% INFORMAL 639,851
    94.32% TOTAL 12,354,983

    2004 Federal Election Result

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