Electoral Newsfile 101: Federal Election 2001 - Close of Nominations

Updated: 23 March 2011

Nominations figures

At the close of nominations at 12 noon on Thursday 18 October 2001 a total of 1 324 people had nominated as candidates in the 2001 federal election. This figure includes 285 candidates for the Senate and 1 039 candidates for the House of Representatives.

The tables below outline the number of nominations by State and Territory. The tables also detail the number of candidates from each registered political party and the number of male and female candidates.

Full lists of nominations showing candidates' names and contact details are available from any AEC office and on the AEC's website at www.aec.gov.au.

Who can nominate?

A person cannot be elected unless they have been nominated as a candidate for election.

To qualify as a candidate for the Senate or the House of Representatives, a person must be:

  • at least 18 years old;
  • an Australian citizen; and
  • an elector or qualified to be an elector.

Nominations can only be accepted after the writ for an election has been issued and must be received by noon on the closing day for nominations. Nominations cannot be withdrawn after the closing date.

Senate candidates must pay a $700 nomination deposit and House of Representatives candidates must pay $350. These deposits are returned if a candidate gains four percent or more of the total formal first preference vote, or if they are in a group of Senate candidates which poll four per cent or more.

Further information on nominating is in the Candidate's Handbook available from any AEC office and from the AEC's website at www.aec.gov.au.

Nominations by state/territory
Senate
State/Territory Seats 2001 1998 1996
NSW 6 65 69 63
VIC 6 52 63 44
QLD 6 40 57 48
WA 6 46 45 29
SA 6 26 35 31
TAS 6 29 32 19
ACT 2 14 17 14
NT 2 13 11 7
TOTAL 40 285 329 255
House of Representatives
State/Territory Seats 2001 1998 1996
NSW 50 395 389 319
VIC 37 225 289 214
QLD 27 179 192 180
WA 15 116 109 80
SA 12 71 78 74
TAS 5 27 27 23
ACT 2 13 15 13
NT 2 13 7 5
TOTAL 150 1039 1106 908
*The 1996, 1998 and 2001 polls are all half Senate and full House of Representative elections. Redistributions of electoral boundaries were held in 1994, 1997, 1999 and 2000.
SENATE NOMINATIONS
Party NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
  M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F T
AAP 2 1 2 1 3
ACS 2 2 4 4
AFI 2 2 2
ALP 1 1 4 1 2 3 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 2 12 11 23
CEC 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 3 12
CLA 1 1 1 1 2
CLP 2 2 2
CLR 1 1 1 1 2
CTA 2 2 2 1 1 2 9 1 10
DEM 2 4 2 2 1 2 2 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 14 12 26
DLP 3 2 3 2 5
FPY 2 2 2
GRN 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 8 10 18
GWA 2 2 2 2 4
HAN 2 1 1 1 3 1 3 1 2 1 1 2 2 16 5 21
HMP 2 2 4 4
HPA 1 1 1 1 2 2 4
IND 3 1 3 7 1 1 2 2 1 1 18 4 22
LEF 2 2 2
LFF 2 1 1 2 5 1 6
LP 2 2 4 1 3 1 6 2 2 4 1 1 22 7 29
NCP 1 1 1 1 2
NDP 1 1 1 1 2
NP 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 5 3 8
OCF 1 1 1 1 2
PCA 1 1 1 1 2
PLP 1 1 2 1 3 4
RLS 2 2 2
RPA 2 2 2 2 8 8
TFP 2 1 2 1 3
TPS 2 2 2
UNI 2 2 1 2 6 1 7
OTHER* 5 2 6 5 1 1 6 2 2 4 3 1 1 1 24 16 40
Total 65 52 40 46 26 29 14 13     285
Males 42 35 29 31 16 21 10 8 192    
Females 23 17 11 15 10 8 4 5   92  
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NOMINATIONS
Party NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
  M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F T
ACS 4 2 3 1 1 8 3 11
AFI 8 1 8 1 9
ALP 21 17 25 12 15 12 9 6 9 3 4 1 1 1 1 1 85 53 138
CEC 6 3 10 2 4 3 7 1 1 27 10 37
CLA 3 1 3 1 4
CLP 2 2 2
CLR 7 5 7 5 12
CTA 26 4 4 1 8 3 1 1 39 9 48
DEM 35 15 24 13 16 11 11 4 6 6 1 4 1 1 1 1 95 55 150
FPY 1 1 1
GRN 22 28 21 16 16 11 5 7 2 3 1 1 2 69 66 135
GWA 9 6 9 6 15
HAN 41 7 12 3 25 2 14 1 9 3 4 2 2 109 16 125
HMP 1 1 1 2 1 3
IND 43 3 22 4 25 2 5 6 1 1 1 102 11 113
LEF 2 1 3 3
LFF 1 4 1 1 5 2 7
LP 35 6 30 5 19 3 9 6 9 3 5 1 1 108 24 132
NCP 6 6 6
NP 11 1 4 5 6 3 3 23 10 33
ORP 1 1 1
PLP 2 2 2
SAS 3 1 3 1 4
TFP   1 1 1
UNI 15 2 15 2 17
OTHER* 3 7 8 4 2 1 1 2 1 18 12 30
Total 395 225 179 116 71 27 13 13     1039
Males 292 165 129 83 47 17 8 10 751    
Females 103 60 50 33 24 10 5 3   288  
*OTHER represents candidates who are non-affiliated and have chosen not to have 'Independent' printed beside their name on the ballot paper.
PARTY ABBREVIATIONS
Advance Australia Party
No Goods and Services Tax Party
Australians Against Further Immigration
Australian Labor Party (ACT Branch)
Australian Labor Party (N.S.W. Branch)
Australian Labor Party (Northern Territory) Branch
Australian Labor Party (South Australian) Branch
Australian Labor Party (State of Queensland)
Australian Labor Party (Tasmanian Branch)
Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch)
Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch)
Citizens Electoral Council of Australia
Curtin Labor Alliance
Northern Territory Country Liberal Party
Country Labor Party
Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)
Australian Democrats
Democratic Labor Party (DLP) of Australia
The Fishing Party
Australian Greens
The Greens (WA) Inc
Pauline Hanson's One Nation
Help End Marijuana Prohibition
Hope Party Australia
Lower Excise Fuel and Beer Party
liberals for forests
Liberal Party (W.A. Division) Inc.
Liberal Party of Australia (S.A. Division)
Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division)
Liberal Party of Australia – ACT Division
Liberal Party of Australia – Queensland Division
Liberal Party of Australia – Tasmanian Division
Liberal Party of Australia – NSW Division
Non-Custodial Parents Party
Nuclear Disarmament Party of Australia
National Party of Australia (Queensland)
National Party of Australia (WA) Inc
National Party of Australia – N.S.W.
National Party of Australia – Victoria
Helen Caldicott's – Our Common Future Party
Outdoor Recreation Party
Phil Cleary – Independent Australia
Progressive Labour Party
Peter Breen – Reform The Legal System
Republican Party of Australia
Save the ADI Site Party
Tasmania First Party
Taxi Operators Political Service (Oceania)
Unity – Say No To Hanson
AAP
ACS
AFI
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
CEC
CLA
CLP
CLR
CTA
DEM
DLP
FPY
GRN
GWA
HAN
HMP
HPA
LEF
LFF
LP
LP
LP
LP
LP
LP
LP
NCP
NDP
NP
NP
NP
NP
OCF
ORP
PCA
PLP
RLS
RPA
SAS
TFP
TPS
UNI

Draw for positions on the ballot paper

The order in which candidates' names appear on the ballot paper is determined by a random draw, which takes place immediately following the declaration of nominations.

The declaration of nominations takes place 24 hours after the close of nominations.

A system of double randomisation is used for determining the order of groups and ungrouped candidates on Senate ballot papers and the order of candidates on House of Representatives ballot papers.

A separate draw is conducted for the Senate in each State and Territory and for every House of Representatives Division.

All candidates, media and the public are welcome to attend the draws conducted to determine the order of names on the relevant ballot paper.

Senate draw

The Australian Electoral Officer (AEO) declares the nominations received for the Senate in their State or Territory at 12 noon on the day after the nominations for the election close. Following the declaration, the AEO conducts the draw for positions on the ballot paper. This is usually conducted in the AEC Head Office in the relevant State or Territory.

In Senate elections, the names of candidates included in groups are placed on the ballot paper before the names of ungrouped candidates.

For the purposes of the Senate draw and ballot paper printing, incumbent Senators who have given written notice of an intention to lodge a voting ticket are treated as a group.

The AEO determines the order of groups and ungrouped candidates on the ballot paper by conducting a public draw for positions. This draw is conducted in two parts, with each part consisting of two draws.

In the first part, the first draw allocates a number to each group and the second draw determines the order in which each group appears on the ballot.

This is followed by two draws for ungrouped candidates, with the first draw allocating a number to each ungrouped candidate and the second draw determining the order in which each ungrouped candidate appears on the ballot paper.

The Senate draws are conducted in this order because groups appear before ungrouped candidates on the ballot paper.

House of Representatives draw

The Divisional Returning Officer (DRO) declares the House of Representatives nominations received for their Division at 12 noon on the day after the nominations for the election close. Following the declaration, the DRO conducts the double randomisation draw in the Divisional Office.

The first draw assigns a number to each candidate and the second draw determines the order in which each candidate appears on the ballot paper.

How is the draw done?

A number of small wooden balls equal to the number of candidates (or in the case of the Senate, groups), are marked with different numbers and placed in a container large enough for all the balls to move freely when it is rotated.

The container is rotated by the AEC officer in charge who then invites any other person present to rotate the container.

A person is blindfolded and selects the balls one by one and passes them to another person who reads out the number. As the numbers are called, they are allocated to the candidates or groups. That is, the first number called is written against the first candidate or group on the list and so the order of numbers in the list is the order in which they are called out.

The balls are then replaced in the container. Again, the container is rotated and any person present may rotate it.

The blindfolded person once again selects the balls one by one and passes them to another person who reads out the number. The order that these numbers are drawn determines the order of names on the ballot paper.

What happens after the draw?

After the draw the AEC immediately begins printing ballot papers for the Senate and House of Representatives.

Once the ballot papers are printed, voters who will be away on polling day are able to begin voting in the election by casting a pre-poll or postal vote.

Australian Electoral Commission Contacts

Media Liaison

Members of the media are asked to use the Media Liaison and Head Office contact numbers listed rather than the general enquiry number 13 23 26 which appears on AEC advertising.

Assistant Commissioner
Information and Research
Brien Hallett (acting) (02) 6271 4477

Director, Information
Anthea Wilson (acting) (02) 6271 4415

Assistant Directors, Information
Margaret Meneghel (acting) (02) 6271 4548
Roger Wills (acting) (02) 6271 4431
Susie Smith (02) 6271 4529 Editor, Newsfile
Shirley Weber (02) 6271 4720

Nominations Overview

  • A total of 1 324 candiates have nominated for the 2001 federal election.
  • 111 less candidates have nominated than for the last election.
  • At this election 381 female candidates and 943 males have nominated. At the 1998 election 400 female candidates and 1035 male candidates nominated.
  • 49 parties are fielding candidates at this election. This compares with 35 parties at the last election.

State/Territory Head Offices

The administration of the 2001 Federal Election 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
David Farrell Ph. (02) 9375 6333
Fx. (02) 9281 9384
South Australia
Dr Christopher Drury Ph. (08) 8237 6555
Fx. (08) 8231 2664
Victoria
Daryl Wight Ph. (03) 9285 7171
Fx. (03) 9285 7178
Tasmania
Alex Stanelos Ph. (03) 6235 0500
Fx. (03) 6234 4268
Queensland
Bob Longland Ph. (07) 3834 3400
Fx. (07) 3831 7223
Northern Territory
Bill Shepheard Ph. (08) 8981 1477
Fx. (08) 8981 7964
Western Australia
Andrew Moyes Ph. (08) 9470 7299
Fx. (08) 9472 3551
Australian Capital Territory
Jeff Howarth Ph. (02) 6249 7908
Fx. (02) 6248 7559