Federal and State Election Dates Since 1945

This table shows the date of every Federal, State and Territory election since 1945.

The original table was taken from Abiding Interests, a book by former prime minister Gough Whitlam, published in 1997. It has been updated from the original.

Elections for the Tasmanian Legislative Council take place every May and are not shown here. Where separate elections were held for other Legislative Councils, or for the Senate, the dates are given in brackets.

A full list and analysis of Federal Election Dates Since 1901 is available here.

Australian Federal, State & Territory Election Dates
YEAR AUST NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS NT ACT
1945
10 Nov
1946
28 Sep
(15 June)
4 May
23 Nov
1947
3 May
8 Nov
3 May
15 Mar
8 Mar
1948
(8 May)
(21 Aug)
1949
10 Dec
(18 June)
1950
17 June
13 May
29 Apr
25 Mar
(6 May)
4 Mar
6 May
1951
28 Apr DD
1952
(21 June)
6 Dec
(3 May)
1953
(9 May)
14 Feb
7 Mar
14 Feb
7 Mar
1954
29 May
(8 May)
YEAR AUST NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS NT ACT
1955
10 Dec
28 May
(18 June)
19 Feb
1956
3 Mar
19 May
7 Apr
3 Mar
13 Oct
1957
3 Aug
1958
22 Nov
31 May
(21 June)
(10 May)
1959
21 Mar
21 Mar
7 Mar
2 May
1960
28 May
(30 Apr)
1961
9 Dec
15 July
1962
3 Mar
31 Mar
(12 May)
3 Mar
1963
30 Nov
1 June
1964
(5 Dec)
27 June
2 May
YEAR AUST NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS NT ACT
1965
1 May
20 Feb
6 Mar
1966
26 Nov
28 May
1967
(25 Nov)
29 Apr
1968
24 Feb
23 Mar
2 Mar
1969
25 Oct
17 May
10 May
1970
(21 Nov)
30 May
30 May
1971
13 Feb
20 Feb
1972
2 Dec
27 May
22 Apr
1973
17 Nov
19 May
10 Mar
1974
18 May DD
7 Dec
30 Mar
19 Oct
YEAR AUST NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS NT ACT
1975
13 Dec DD
12 July
1976
1 May
20 Mar
11 Dec
1977
10 Dec
12 Nov
19 Feb
17 Sep
13 Aug
1978
7 Oct
1979
5 May
15 Sep
28 July
1980
18 Oct
29 Nov
23 Feb
7 June
1981
19 Sep
1982
3 Apr
6 Nov
15 May
1983
5 Mar DD
22 Oct
19 Feb
3 Dec
1984
1 Dec
24 Mar
YEAR AUST NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS NT ACT
1985
2 Mar
7 Dec
1986
1 Nov
8 Feb
8 Feb
1987
11 July DD
7 Mar
1988
19 Mar
1 Oct
1989
2 Dec
4 Feb
25 Nov
13 May
4 Mar
1990
24 Mar
27 Oct
1991
25 May
1992
3 Oct
19 Sept
1 Feb
15 Feb
1993
13 Mar
6 Feb
11 Dec
1994
4 June
YEAR AUST NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS NT ACT
1995
25 Mar
15 July
18 Feb
1996
2 Mar
30 Mar
14 Dec
24 Feb
1997
11 Oct
30 Aug
1998
3 Oct
13 Jun
29 Aug
21 Feb
1999
27 Mar
18 Sep
2000
2001
10 Nov
17 Feb
10 Feb
18 Aug
20 Oct
2002
30 Nov
09 Feb
20 Jul
2003
22 Mar
2004
09 Oct
07 Feb
16 Oct
YEAR AUST NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS NT ACT
2005
26 Feb
18 Jun
2006
25 Nov
09 Sep
18 Mar
18 Mar
2007
24 Nov
24 Mar
2008
06 Sep
09 Aug
18 Oct
2009
21 Mar
2010
21 Aug
27 Nov
20 Mar
20 Mar
2011
26 Mar
2012
24 Mar
25 Aug
20 Oct
2013
7 Sep
9 Mar
2014
(5 Apr)
WA Senate
29 Nov
15 Mar
15 Mar
YEAR AUST NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS NT ACT
2015
28 Mar
31 Jan
2016
2 Jul DD
27 Aug
15 Oct
2017
11 Mar


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