Electoral Newsfile 118: Federal Election 2004 - Close of Rolls

Updated: 7 February 2011

Electoral enrolment

The Commonwealth electoral rolls are lists of the names and addresses of all people who have enrolled to vote at federal elections. With some qualifications, enrolment and voting is compulsory in federal elections and referendums for all Australian Citizens who are 18 years of age or over.

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

People who move, whether it is across the street or across the country, need to fill in a new enrolment form.

When an election is announced, people have seven days from the issue of the Writ to ensure that they are correctly enrolled before the close of rolls. A person will be entitled to vote at this election if their name is on the Commonwealth electoral roll at the close of rolls.

2004 Federal Election

The roll for the 2004 federal election closed at 8pm on Tuesday 7 September 2004.

The enrolment figures by federal division are detailed below. These figures are calculated as at close of rolls 8pm Tuesday 7 September 2004, and also include those 17 year old electors who will turn 18 on or before the close of polling on Saturday 9 October 2004.

CLOSE OF ROLLS FIGURES As at 8pm, Tuesday 7 September 2004
State/Territory
New South Wales 4 302 122
Victoria 3 292 409
Queensland 2 463 402
Western Australia 1 237 349
South Australia 1 049 814
Tasmania 339 589
Australian Capital Territory 224 896
Northern Territory 111 649
AUSTRALIA 13 021 230
CLOSE OF ROLLS FIGURES AT PREVIOUS ELECTIONS
State/Territory 2001 1998 1996 1993
New South Wales 4 204 383 4 031 749 3 926 293 3 793 616
Victoria 3 218 746 3 056 887 2 954 596 2 925 654
Queensland 2 319 481 2 177 556 2 082 451 1 970 226
Western Australia 1 200 438 1 140 845 1 077 647 1 035 381
South Australia 1 034 377 1 006 398 989 885 1 014 648
Tasmania 328 829 329 751 325 750 327 879
Australian Capital Territory 219 876 208 684 200 828 190 458
Northern Territory 110 501 104 755 97 740 91 105
AUSTRALIA 12 636 631 12 056 625 11 655 190 11 348 967
Close of rolls figures are calculated following the processing of all enrolment cards received before close of rolls and include 17 year olds who will be 18 on or before polling day.
Divisional enrolment figures at close of rolls
NEW SOUTH WALES
Banks 82 952
Barton 83 909
Bennelong 85 862
Berowra 86 698
Blaxland 81 954
Bradfield 89 699
Calare 87 358
Charlton 85 150
Chifley 83 926
Cook 82 099
Cowper 84 235
Cunningham 81 640
Dobell 85 096
Eden-Monaro 92 203
Farrer 85 199
Fowler 82 456
Gilmore 86 964
Grayndler 85 083
Greenway 89 823
Gwydir 82 099
Hughes 86 989
Hume 89 144
Hunter 88 669
Kingsford Smith 85 077
Lindsay 82 366
Lowe 86 200
Lyne 91 580
Macarthur 83 717
Mackellar 86 717
Macquarie 87 152
Mitchell 95 065
Newcastle 89 845
New England 86 166
North Sydney 88 392
Page 84 292
Parkes 81 365
Parramatta 86 570
Paterson 87 637
Prospect 87 048
Reid 78 039
Richmond 85 666
Riverina 87 330
Robertson 84 859
Shortland 87 602
Sydney 93 861
Throsby 86 893
Warringah 84 944
Watson 81 288
Wentworth 84 016
Werriwa 89 228
NSW Total 4 302 122
VICTORIA
Aston 88 336
Ballarat 89 763
Batman 85 380
Bendigo 93 687
Bruce 86 670
Calwell 87 272
Casey 86 371
Chisholm 84 662
Corangamite 90 396
Corio 87 601
Deakin 87 105
Dunkley 90 191
Flinders 90 455
Gellibrand 90 428
Gippsland 92 557
Goldstein 89 302
Gorton 91 678
Higgins 87 174
Holt 89 156
Hotham 87 569
Indi 88 968
Isaacs 92 258
Jagajaga 92 959
Kooyong 86 931
Lalor 89 684
La Trobe 84 399
McEwen 94 897
McMillan 81 769
Mallee 90 254
Maribyrnong 86 859
Melbourne 91 795
Melbourne Ports 92 382
Menzies 87 939
Murray 87 049
Scullin 85 596
Wannon 89 969
Wills 92 948
VIC Total 3 292 409
QUEENSLAND
Blair 91 146
Bonner 86 731
Bowman 85 892
Brisbane 89 379
Capricornia 90 425
Dawson 90 955
Dickson 83 971
Fadden 81 526
Fairfax 83 882
Fisher 85 431
Forde 85 840
Griffith 90 427
Groom 89 363
Herbert 87 417
Hinkler 93 416
Kennedy 91 450
Leichhardt 89 712
Lilley 92 036
Longman 86 800
McPherson 82 571
Maranoa 87 371
Moncrieff 83 941
Moreton 87 964
Oxley 90 172
Petrie 87 416
Rankin 90 532
Ryan 87 201
Wide Bay 90 435
QLD Total 2 463 402
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Brand 83 057
Canning 83 632
Cowan 84 824
Curtin 83 624
Forrest 85 977
Fremantle 82 832
Hasluck 79 951
Kalgoorlie 81 267
Moore 75 368
O'Connor 81 820
Pearce 83 951
Perth 83 428
Stirling 86 354
Swan 78 693
Tangney 82 571
WA Total 1 237 349
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Adelaide 94 896
Barker 100 691
Boothby 95 259
Grey 97 166
Hindmarsh 98 437
Kingston 93 849
Makin 93 747
Mayo 91 381
Port Adelaide 97 491
Sturt 96 641
Wakefield 90 256
SA Total 1 049 814
TASMANIA
Bass 67 265
Braddon 69 212
Denison 68 486
Franklin 69 134
Lyons 65 492
TAS Total 339 589
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Canberra 108 369
Fraser 116 527
ACT Total 224 896
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Lingiari 57 776
Solomon 53 873
NT Total 111 649
AUSTRALIA
National Total 13 021 230
Please note: these figures include 13 803 electors who will turn 18 between the close of rolls on Tuesday 7 September and the close of polling on Saturday 9 October 2004 for the 2004 federal election.

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.

Media Liaison
Assistant Commissioner
Public Awareness, Media and Communication
Brien Hallett
(02) 6271 4477
Director Media and Communication
Phil Diak
(02) 6271 4415
Assistant Directors, Media & Communication
Margaret Meneghel
Roger Wills
Bernadette O'Meara
(02) 6271 4548
(02) 6271 4431
(02) 6271 4529
Editor, Newsfile
Jodi Gatfield
(02) 6271 4439

Further information: A range of other AEC publications are available including:

  • Candidates Handbook
  • Scrutineers Handbook
  • 2001 Electoral Pocketbook
  • 2001 Federal Electoral Results Map
  • 2004 Federal Electoral Boundaries Map
  • Electoral Backgrounders

2004 Federal Election Key Dates

Issue of Writ Tuesday, 31 August 2004

Close of Rolls 8pm Tuesday, 7 September 2004

Close of Nominations 12 noon Thurday, 16 September 2004

Declaration of Nominations 12 noon Friday, 17 September 2004

Election Day

8am–6pm

Saturday, 9 October 2004

Return of Writ

Wednesday, 8 December 2004 (latest date)

State/Territory Head Offices

The administration of the 2004 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
Victoria
Daryl Wight Ph. (03) 9285 7171 Fx. (03) 9285 7178
Queensland
Anne Bright Ph. (07) 3834 3400 Fx. (07) 3831 7223
Western Australia
Jennie Gzik Ph. (08) 6363 8080 Fx. (08) 6363 8051
South Australia
Chris Drury Ph. (08) 8237 6555 Fx. (08) 8231 2664
Tasmania
Alex Stanelos Ph. (03) 6235 0500 Fx. (03) 6234 4268
Northern Territory
Bill Shepheard Ph. (08) 8982 8000 Fx. (08) 8981 7964
Australian Capital Territory
Jeff Howarth Ph. (02) 6249 7908 Fx. (02) 6248 7559