Electoral Newsfile 74: Federal Election 1998 - Close of Rolls

Updated: 5 December 2007

Electoral enrolment

All Australian citizens, aged 18 years and over are required to enrol on the Commonwealth electoral roll. Voting is compulsory for eligible electors.

British subjects who were on the roll immediately before 26 January 1984 are also qualified to enrol and vote. People who are 17 may provisionally enrol and are able to vote if their 18th birthday falls on or before polling day.

When an election is announced, there is a short period of time for people to ensure that they are correctly enrolled before the close of rolls. This period is seven days from the issue of the writ.

1998 Federal Election

The close of rolls for the 1998 federal election was 8pm on Monday 7 September. A person is entitled to vote if their name is on the list of electors which was taken from the Commonwealth electoral roll at the close of rolls.

CLOSE OF ROLLS FIGURES AT PREVIOUS ELECTIONS

Historical close of rolls figures
State/Territory 1996 1993 1990* 1987*
New South Wales 3 926 293 3 793 616 3 607 349 3 555 060
Victoria 2 954 596 2 925 654 2 776 263 2 698 043
Queensland 2 082 451 1 970 226 1 795 406 1 707 161
Western Australia 1 077 647 1 035 381 978 147 906 677
South Australia 989 885 1 014 648 963 686 942 840
Tasmania 325 750 327 879 307 846 300 763
Australian Capital Territory 200 828 190 458 169 531 162 717
Northern Territory 97 740 91 105 78 647 79 921
AUSTRALIA 11 655 190 11 348 967 10 666 875 10 353 182
* These figures do not include provisional voters.

CLOSE OF ROLLS FIGURES

Close of rolls figures
State/Territory As at 8pm 7 September 1998
New South Wales 4 031 749
Victoria 3 056 887
Queensland 2 177 556
Western Australia 1 140 845
South Australia 1 006 398
Tasmania 329 751
Australian Capital Territory 208 684
Northern Territory 104 755
AUSTRALIA 12 056 625

The enrolment figures by Federal Division are detailed below. These figures are calculated as at close of rolls 8pm 7 September 1998 and also include those provisionally enrolled electors who will turn 18 on or before the close of polling on 3 October 1998.

Divisional enrolment figures at close of rolls

NEW SOUTH WALES
Banks 79 625
Barton 82 246
Bennelong 83 167
Berowra 85 439
Blaxland 79 703
Bradfield 80 330
Calare 77 137
Charlton 85 321
Chifley 81 116
Cook 79 763
Cowper 78 140
Cunningham 76 544
Dobell 81 849
Eden-Monaro 77 685
Farrer 74 336
Fowler 89 181
Gilmore 78 091
Grayndler 84 458
Greenway 85 391
Gwydir 72 185
Hughes 87 303
Hume 74 637
Hunter 76 193
Kingsford-Smith 79 447
Lindsay 83 254
Lowe 81 150
Lyne 81 300
Macarthur 90 862
Mackellar 80 498
Macquarie 80 920
Mitchell 82 196
Newcastle 77 327
New England 73 624
North Sydney 86 882
Page 79 045
Parkes 79 096
Parramatta 78 108
Paterson 81 181
Prospect 77 211
Reid 81 941
Richmond 86 664
Riverina 78 787
Robertson 79 596
Shortland 77 871
Sydney 85 433
Throsby 78 233
Warringah 78 089
Watson 80 891
Wentworth 81 620
Werriwa 80 683
NSW Total 4 031 749
VICTORIA
Aston 84 512
Ballarat 80 864
Batman 88 134
Bendigo 83 185
Bruce 84 224
Burke 79 448
Calwell 86 521
Casey 79 674
Chisholm 84 668
Corangamite 79 406
Corio 80 957
Deakin 82 874
Dunkley 81 059
Flinders 81 996
Gellibrand 84 159
Gippsland 80 364
Goldstein 86 544
Higgins 84 207
Holt 80 486
Hotham 87 626
Indi 81 461
Isaacs 78 670
Jagajaga 85 645
Kooyong 83 537
Lalor 80 548
La Trobe 78 699
McEwen 80 839
McMillan 81 120
Mallee 80 238
Maribyrnong 81 813
Melbourne 87 768
Melbourne Ports 82 231
Menzies 80 957
Murray 82 662
Scullin 82 622
Wannon 80 551
Wills 86 618
VIC Total 3 056 887
QUEENSLAND
Blair 73 981
Bowman 80 281
Brisbane 88 550
Capricornia 80 142
Dawson 83 390
Dickson 79 567
Fadden 79 030
Fairfax 75 761
Fisher 75 380
Forde 76 440
Griffith 86 005
Groom 79 852
Herbert 83 783
Hinkler 78 077
Kennedy 83 680
Leichhardt 79 568
Lilley 85 790
Longman 75 568
McPherson 81 916
Maranoa 82 555
Moncrieff 81 104
Moreton 85 297
Oxley 78 933
Petrie 84 261
Rankin 77 614
Ryan 83 255
Wide Bay 77 776
QLD Total 2 177 556
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Brand 76 733
Canning 79 456
Cowan 76 681
Curtin 84 985
Forrest 81 814
Fremantle 84 440
Kalgoorlie 81 901
Moore 76 988
O'Connor 83 227
Pearce 80 871
Perth 83 671
Stirling 84 376
Swan 82 649
Tangney 83 053
WA Total 1 140 845
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Adelaide 81 506
Barker 84 059
Bonython 77 783
Boothby 80 877
Grey 82 360
Hindmarsh 83 095
Kingston 87 886
Makin 89 182
Mayo 90 255
Port Adelaide 81 532
Sturt 79 306
Wakefield 88 557
SA Total 1 006 398
TASMANIA
Bass 65 833
Braddon 62 364
Denison 67 280
Franklin 65 680
Lyons 68 594
TAS Total 329 751
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Canberra 104 968
Fraser 103 716
ACT Total 208 684
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Northern Territory 104 755
NT Total 104 755
AUSTRALIA
National Total 12 056 625

Please note: these figures include 8958 provisional electors who will turn 18 between the close of rolls on Monday 7 September 1998 and the close of polling on Saturday 3 October 1998 for the 1998 federal election.

AEC contacts

Central Office

Electoral Commissioner:
Bill Gray (02) 6271 4400

Deputy Electoral Commissioner:
Andy Becker (02) 6271 4410

Director, Information:
Brien Hallett (02) 6271 4415

Assistant Directors, Information:
Bernadette O'Meara (02) 6271 4548
Ian Stringall (Acting) (02) 6271 4431

Editor, Newsfile:
Margaret Meneghel (02) 6271 4505

1998 Federal Election KEY DATES

Key dates
ISSUE OF WRIT Monday 31 August 1998
CLOSE OF ROLLS 8pm Monday 7 September 1998
CLOSE OF NOMINATIONS 12 noon Thursday 10 September 1998
DECLARATION OF NOMINATIONS 12 noon Friday 11 September 1998
POLLING DAY 8am – 6pm Saturday 3 October 1998
RETURN OF THE WRIT Wednesday 9 December 1998

The AEC produces a range of information materials for candidates, journalists and other people interested in the electoral process. Some of the information materials available are:

A range of other AEC publications are available including:

1998 Electoral Atlas: a publication that details the characteristics of each federal division

Nominations Pamphlet: key facts for people considering standing for election

Candidates' Handbook: information to assist candidates in the election

Scrutineers' Handbook: information to assist scrutineers in the election

1998 Federal Electoral Boundaries Map

STATE /TERRITORIES

The administration of federal elections in each State and Territory is under the control of the Australian Electoral Officer (AEO) for that State or Territory. An AEO for the ACT is temporarily appointed for each election.

AEOs may be contacted on the following numbers.
New South Wales Frances Howat Ph. (02) 9375 6333 Fx. (02) 9281 9384
Victoria David Muffet Ph. (03) 9285 7171 Fx. (03) 9285 7178
Queensland Bob Longland Ph. (07) 3834 3400 Fx. (07) 3831 7223
Western Australia Andrew Moyes Ph. (08) 9470 7299 Fx. (08) 9472 3551
South Australia Geoff Halsey Ph. (08) 8237 6555 Fx. (08) 8231 2664
Tasmania Nick Tall Ph. (03) 6235 0500 Fx. (03) 6234 4268
Northern Territory Kerry Heisner Ph. (08) 8981 1477 Fx. (08) 8981 7964
Australian Capital Territory William Hogan Ph. (02) 6271 497 Fx. (02) 6271 560

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