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History Of Commonwealth Electoral Administration

This table shows the history of changes in Commonwealth Electoral Administration since 1901.

Changes In Electoral Administration
Year Change
An electoral section was established in the Department of Home Affairs to conduct Federal elections.
Divisional Returning Officers were appointed to run elections in each electoral division.
Industrial ballots were first conducted by the Electoral Branch.
The Australian Electoral Office was established as a statutory authority.
First election conducted for Northern Territory Legislative Assembly on June 7.
The Australian Electoral Commission was created as an independent statutory authority.

Public funding of election campaigns and disclosure of political donations and electoral expenditure were introduced.

Registration of political parties introduced.

First election conducted for Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly on March 4.
First election conducted for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC).


Source: Australian Electoral Commission Publications.

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