Electoral Newsfile 85: Referendum 1999: Close of Rolls

Updated: 5 December 2007

Enrolment for Referendum '99

When a referendum is announced there is a short period of time for people to ensure they are correctly enrolled before the rolls close. This period is seven days from the issue of the writ. The writ for the 1999 Referendum was issued on 1 October, therefore the rolls for the 1999 Referendum closed on 8 October at 8pm.

All Australian citizens, aged 18 years and over are required to enrol for federal elections and referendums. 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 eligible to vote if their 18th birthday falls on or before polling day. Voting is compulsory for eligible electors.

At the close of rolls for the 1999 referendum there were 12 361 694 eligible Australian electors.

Close of Rolls Figures
State/Territory As at 8 October 1999
New South Wales 4 133 205
Victoria 3 161 187
Queensland 2 221 830
Western Australia 1 171 754
South Australia 1 027 992
Tasmania 325 826
Australian Capital Territory 211 975
Nothern Territory 107 925
AUSTRALIA 12 361 694
Enrolment figures by Federal Division are detailed below. These figures were calculated at the close of rolls and include those provisionally enrolled electors who will turn 18 on or before the close of polling on 6 November 1999.
Close of Rolls Figures at Previous Elections
State / Territory 1998 1996 1993 1990*
New South Wales 4 031 749 3 926 293 3 793 616 3 607 349
Victoria 3 056 887 2 954 596 2 925 654 2 766 263
Queensland 2 177 556 2 082 451 1 970 226 1 795 406
Western Australia 1 140 845 1 077 647 1 035 381 978 147
South Australia 1 006 398 989 885 1 014 648 963 686
Tasmania 329 751 325 750 327 879 307 846
Australian Capital Territory 208 684 200 828 190 458 169 531
Northern Territory 104 755 97 740 91 105 78 647
AUSTRALIA 12 056 625 11 655 190 11 348 967 10 666 875
* These figures do not include provisionally enrolled electors who turned 18 by polling day.
Divisional enrolment figures at close of rolls
NEW SOUTH WALES
Banks 80 171
Barton 83 671
Bennelong 84 889
Berowra 87 165
Blaxland 80 957
Bradfield 81 621
Calare 78 707
Charlton 87 612
Chifley 83 601
Cook 81 137
Cowper 80 379
Cunningham 77 626
Dobell 85 997
Eden-Monaro 79 630
Farrer 74 602
Fowler 92 752
Gilmore 81 217
Grayndler 86 257
Greenway 88 330
Gwydir 73 368
Hughes 89 513
Hume 75 643
Hunter 77 320
Kingsford-Smith 80 382
Lindsay 85 631
Lowe 83 573
Lyne 84 154
Macarthur 95 964
Mackellar 83 307
Macquarie 83 379
Mitchell 85 978
Newcastle 78 283
New England 74 612
North Syndey 89 164
Page 80 648
Parkes 78 167
Parramatta 79 819
Paterson 84 011
Prospect 79 001
Reid 83 040
Richmond 90 003
Riverina 80 354
Robertson 82 434
Shortland 80 484
Sydney 90 822
Throsby 80 106
Warringah 79 999
Watson 81 665
Wentworth 82 518
Werriwa 83 542
NSW Total 4 133 205
VICTORIA
Aston 87 800
Ballarat 83 756
Batman 89 122
Bendigo 85 590
Bruce 86 191
Burke 84 054
Calwell 92 338
Casey 82 700
Chisholm 86 220
Corangamite 82 429
Corio 84 178
Deakin 84 713
Dunkley 84 022
Flinders 86 358
Gellibrand 85 449
Gippsland 82 338
Goldstein 89 701
Higgins 87 325
Holt 84 685
Hotham 89 415
Indi 84 185
Isaacs 81 240
Jagajaga 87 955
Kooyong 86 516
Lalor 84 494
La Trobe 83 153
McEwen 84 723
McMillan 83 491
Mallee 81 554
Maribyrnong 83 748
Melbourne 92 531
Melbourne Ports 85 088
Menzies 83 389
Murray 84 538
Scullin 86 090
Wannon 82 022
Wills 88 086
VIC Total 3 161 187
QUEENSLAND
Blair 74 718
Bowman 82 018
Brisbane 90 855
Capricornia 80 054
Dawson 85 427
Fadden 80 888
Fairfax 78 112
Fisher 78 685
Forde 78 505
Griffith 88 600
Groom 81 750
Herbert 85 434
Kennedy 84 270
Leichhardt 79 726
Lilley 86 070
Longman 77 895
McPherson 86 148
Maranoa 83 108
Moncrief 83 500
Moreton 86 034
Oxley 80 345
Petrie 85 861
Rankin 79 599
Ryan 84 983
Wide Bay 78 301
QLD Total 2 221 830
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Brand 80 040
Canning 81 586
Cowan 79 253
Curtin 86 191
Forrest 84 734
Fremantle 86 155
Kalgoorlie 82 471
Moore 81 247
O'Connor 84 200
Pearce 83 979
Perth 85 709
Stirling 86 137
Swan 84 421
Tangney 85 631
WA Total 1 171 754
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Adelaide 86 234
Barker 86 117
Bonython 83 613
Boothby 89 330
Grey 86 980
Hindmarsh 84 350
Kingston 83 077
Makin 87 257
Mayo 83 634
Port Adelaide 86 391
Sturt 85 702
Wakefield 85 307
SA Total 1 027 992
TASMANIA
Bass 64 642
Braddon 61 527
Denison 65 979
Franklin 65 421
Lyons 68 257
TAS Total 325 826
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Canberra 105 871
Fraser 106 104
ACT Total 211 975
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Northern Territory 107 925
NT Total 107 925
AUSTRALIA
National Total 12 361 694

Please note: these figures include 7 676 provisional electors who will turn 18 between the close of rolls on 8 October 1999 and the close of polling on Saturday 6 November 1999 for the 1999 Referendum.

Key Dates:

Official Announcement: 12 August 1999

Joint media release issued by the Attorney General and the Special Minister of State.

Issue of Writ: Friday 1 October 1999

The issue of the Writ triggers the referendum process. It is a document directing that a referendum be held and contains dates for the close of rolls, the day of voting (which must be a Saturday) and the return of the Writ.

The Writ was issued by the Governor General.

Close of rolls: Friday 8 October 1999

Electors had until 8pm, seven days after the Writ was issued to enrol or to update their details on the Commonwealth electoral roll.

Polling day: Saturday 6 November 1999

The day on which the majority of electors cast their vote at a polling place. It must be not less than 33 days and not more than 58 days after the issue of the Writ.

Return of the Writ: Sunday 9 January 2000

The Writ, with the results of the referendum, must be returned to the Governor General by this date.

AEC Contacts

Central Office

Electoral Commissioner (02) 6271 4400
Bill Gray

Deputy Electoral Commissioner (02) 6271 4410
Andy Becker

Director, Information (02) 6271 4415
Brien Hallett

Assistant Director, Information (02) 6271 4431
Silvana Puizina

Editor, Newsfile (02) 6271 4505
Margaret Meneghel

National Enquiry Sevice

13 23 26 from anywhere in Australia for the cost of a local call.

State/Territory Head Offices

The administration of the 1999 referendum 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 temporarliy appointed for each referendum.

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
A/g Alex Stanelos Ph. (03) 6235 0500 Fx. (03) 6234 4268

Northern Territory
A/g Kathy Mitchell Ph. (08) 8982 8000 Fx. (08) 8981 7964