Federal Election Dates Since 1901

Elections for the House of Representatives have been held on 45 occasions on the dates shown below.

A number of separate half-Senate elections have been held since 1949. They were on 9 May 1953, 5 December 1964, 25 November 1967 and 21 November 1970. A half-Senate election in Western Australia was held on 5 April 2014, following the invalidation of the election of 7 September 2013.

House of Representatives Election Dates
Election No.
Date
1
29 March 1901
2
16 December 1903
3
12 December 1906
4
13 April 1910
5
31 May 1913
6
5 September 1914
7
5 May 1917
8
13 December 1919
9
16 December 1922
10
14 November 1925
11
17 November 1928
12
12 October 1929
13
19 December 1931
14
15 September 1934
15
23 October 1937
16
21 September 1940
17
21 August 1943
18
28 September 1946
19
10 December 1949
20
28 April 1951
21
29 May 1954
22
10 December 1955
23
22 November 1958
24
9 December 1961
25
30 November 1963
26
26 November 1966
27
25 October 1969
28
2 December 1972
29
18 May 1974
30
13 December 1975
31
10 December 1977
32
18 October 1980
33
5 March 1983
34
1 December 1984
35
11 July 1987
36
24 March 1990
37
13 March 1993
38
2 March 1996
39
3 October 1998
40
10 November 2001
41
9 October 2004
42
24 November 2007
43
21 August 2010
44
7 September 2013
45
2 July 2016

 

The table below shows the number of elections held in each month.

Of the 45 general elections, 34 (76%) were held in the second half of the year, and 25 (56%) were held in October-December.

December is the single most popular month for elections with 12 (26.7%).

Elections in the first half of the year have been held on 11 occasions (24%). Of these, 5 were held in March, 2 in April, and 4 in May.

The two elections held in July were both double dissolutions.

No election has ever been held in January, February or June.

Three elections have been held on December 10, the most for any single day. Two elections have been held on each of August 21, December 13 and December 16.

House of Representatives Elections
Month
Number
Percentage
Years
January
0
0%
February
0
0%
March
5
11.1%
02 March 1996
05 March 1983
13 March 1993
24 March 1990
29 March 1901
April
2
4.4%
13 April 1910
28 April 1951
May
4
9.0%
05 May 1917
18 May 1974
29 May 1954
31 May 1913
June
0
0%
July
2
4.4%
02 July 2016
11 July 1987
August
2
4.4%
21 August 1943
21 August 2010
September
5
11.1%
05 September 1914
07 September 2013
15 September 1934
21 September 1940
28 September 1946
October
6
13.3%
03 October 1998
09 October 2004
12 October 1929
18 October 1980
23 October 1937
25 October 1969
November
7
15.6%
10 November 2001
14 November 1925
17 November 1928
22 November 1958
24 November 2007
26 November 1966
30 November 1963
December
12
26.7%
01 December 1984
02 December 1972
09 December 1961
10 December 1949
10 December 1955
10 December 1977
12 December 1906
13 December 1919
13 December 1975
16 December 1903
16 December 1922
19 December 1931
Total
45
100%

 

The table below shows the number of elections in descending order of popularity by month.

House of Representatives Elections
Month
Number
Percentage
December
12
26.7%
November
7
15.6%
October
6
13.3%
March
5
11.1%
September
5
11.1%
May
4
9.0%
April
2
4.4%
July
2
4.4%
August
2
4.4%
January
0
0%
February
0
0%
June
0
0%
Total
45
100%

 

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