Terms of Australian Prime Ministers Since 1901

This table shows all of Australia’s prime ministers by the length of their time in office.

Four prime ministers have served non-consecutive terms of office: Deakin (3), Fisher (3), Menzies (2) and Rudd (2). They are ordered by their total time as prime minister.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is currently the 21st longest-serving prime minister. He reached that mark on December 13, 2014. He will move into 20th place in June 2015.


Australian Prime Ministers Since 1901 – by length of time in office
No. Name Party Period in Office Length of term
1
Menzies, Robert Gordon
Lib
26.04.39 – 29.08.41
19.12.49 – 26.01.66
18 years, 5 months, 12 days
2
Howard, John Winston
Lib
11.03.96 – 03.12.07
11 years, 8 months, 22 days
3
Hawke, Robert James Lee
ALP
11.03.83 – 20.12.91
8 years, 9 months, 9 days
4
Fraser, John Malcolm
Lib
11.11.75 – 11.03.83
7 years, 4 months
5
Hughes, William Morris
ALP
Nat
27.10.15 – 09.02.23
7 years, 3 months, 14 days
6
Lyons, Joseph Aloysius
UAP
06.01.32 – 07.04.39
7 years, 3 months, 2 days
7
Bruce, Stanley Melbourne
Nat
09.02.23 – 22.10.29
6 years, 8 months, 14 days
8
Deakin, Alfred
Prot
Lib
24.09.03 – 27.04.04
05.07.05 – 13.11.08
02.06.09 – 29.04.10
4 years, 10 months, 10 days
9
Fisher, Andrew
ALP
13.11.08 – 02.06.09
29.04.10 – 24.06.13
17.09.14 – 27.10.15
4 years 9 months, 28 days
10
Chifley, Joseph Benedict
ALP
13.07.45 – 19.12.49
4 years, 5 months, 7 days
11
Keating, Paul John
ALP
20.12.91 – 11.03.96
4 years, 2 months, 20 days
12
Curtin, John
ALP
07.10.41 – 05.07.45
3 years, 8 months, 29 days
13
Gorton, John Grey
Lib
10.01.68 – 10.03.71
3 years, 2 months
14
Gillard, Julia Eileen
ALP
24.06.10 – 27.06.13
3 years, 3 days
15
Whitlam, Edward Gough
ALP
05.12.72 – 11.11.75
2 years, 11 months, 7 days
16
Rudd, Kevin Michael
ALP
03.12.07 – 24.06.10
27.06.13 – 18.09.13
2 years, 9 months, 12 days
17
Barton, Edmund
Prot
01.01.01 – 24.09.03
2 years, 8 months, 24 days
18
Scullin, James Henry
ALP
22.10.29 – 06.01.32
2 years, 2 months, 16 days
19
Holt, Harold Edward
Lib
26.01.66 – 19.12.67
1 year, 10 months, 23 days
20
McMahon, William
Lib
10.03.71 – 05.12.72
1 year, 8 months, 25 days
21
Abbott, Anthony John
Lib
18.09.13 -
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22
Cook, Joseph
Lib
24.06.13 – 17.09.14
1 year, 2 months, 25 days
23
Reid, George Houston
FT
18.08.04 – 05.07.05
10 months, 18 days
24
Watson, John Christian
ALP
27.04.04 – 17.08.04
3 months, 21 days
25
Fadden, Arthur William
CP
29.08.41 – 07.10.41
1 month, 9 days
26
McEwen, John
CP
19.12.67 – 10.01.68
23 days
27
Page, Earle Christmas Grafton
CP
07.04.39 – 26.04.39
20 days
28
Forde, Francis Michael
ALP
06.07.45 – 13.07.45
8 days



Legend:
ALP = Australian Labor Party
CP = Country Party
FT = Free Trade (fused with Protectionists to form Liberal Party in 1909)
LP = Liberal Party (first formed in 1909 from Free Traders & Protectionists; reformed in 1944 to replace UAP)
NAT = Nationalist (formed out of Liberal Party and ALP defectors in 1916)
PROT = Protectionist (fused with Free Traders to form Liberal Party in 1909)
UAP = United Australia Party (formed out of Nationalists and ALP defectors in 1931)

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