Australian Electoral Commission

Election dates (1901 to Present) - Senate

Updated: 26 September 2013

1901–1983

Listing of Senate election dates from 1901 to 1983
Year Issue of Writ Close of Nominations Polling Day
1901
– NSW 5 March 1901 15 March 1901 29 March 1901
– Vic. 4 March 1901 15 March 1901 29 March 1901
– Qld 18 February 1901 2 March 1901 30 March 1901
– SA 20 February 1901 4 March 1901 30 March 1901
– WA 18 February 1901 8 March 1901 29 March 1901
– Tas. 13 March 1901 22 March 1901 29 March 1901
1903 23 November 1903 3 December 1903 16 December 1903
1906 8 November 1906 17 November 1906 12 December 1906
1910 28 February 1910 16 March 1910 13 April 1910
1913 24 April 1913 2 May 1913 31 May 1913
1914* 30 July 1914 7 August 1914 5 September 1914
1917 26 March 1917 5 April 1917 5 May 1917
1919 3 November 1919 14 November 1919 13 December 1919
1922 6 November 1922 17 November 1922 16 December 1922
1925 3 October 1925 15 October 1925 14 November 1925
1928 9 October 1928 19 October 1928 17 November 1928
1931
– NSW 28 November 1931 5 December 1931 19 December 1931
– Vic. 28 November 1931 5 December 1931 19 December 1931
– Qld 28 November 1931 5 December 1931 19 December 1931
– WA 3 December 1931 10 December 1931 19 December 1931
– Tas. 3 December 1931 10 December 1931 19 December 1931
– SA 5 December 1931 12 December 1931 19 December 1931
1934 16 August 1934 23 August 1934 15 September 1934
1937 24 September 1937 2 October 1937 23 October 1937
1940 30 August 1940 7 September 1940 21 September 1940
1943 16 July 1943 30 July 1943 21 August 1943
1946 21 August 1946 3 September 1946 28 September 1946
1949 31 October 1949 14 November 1949 10 December 1949
1951* 28 March 1951 6 April 1951 28 April 1951
1953 2 April 1953 17 April 1953 9 May 1953
1955 7 November 1955 16 November 1955 10 December 1955
1958 22 October 1958 31 October 1958 22 November 1958
1961 3 November 1961 14 November 1961 9 December 1961
1964 26 October 1964 9 November 1964 5 December 1964
1967 13 October 1967 27 October 1967 25 November 1967
1970 16 October 1970 29 October 1970 21 November 1970
1974* 20 April 1974 29 April 1974 18 May 1974
1975*
– NSW 17 November 1975 28 November 1975 13 December 1975
– Vic. 17 November 1975 28 November 1975 13 December 1975
– Qld 17 November 1975 28 November 1975 13 December 1975
– Tas. 17 November 1975 28 November 1975 13 December 1975
– NT 17 November 1975 28 November 1975 13 December 1975
– ACT 17 November 1975 28 November 1975 13 December 1975
– SA 21 November 1975 28 November 1975 13 December 1975
– WA 21 November 1975 28 November 1975 13 December 1975
1977 10 November 1977 18 November 1977 10 December 1977
1980 19 September 1980 27 September 1980 18 October 1980
1983* 4 February 1983 19 February 1983 5 March 1983

1984–present

Listing of Senate election dates from 1984 to present
Year Issue of Writ Close of Rolls** Close of Nominations Polling Day
1984 26 October 1984 2 November 1984 6 November 1984 1 December 1984
1987* 5 June 1987 12 June 1987 18 June 1987 11 July 1987
1990 19 February 1990 26 February 1990 2 March 1990 24 March 1990
1993 8 February 1993 15 February 1993 19 February 1993 13 March 1993
1996 29 January 1996 5 February 1996 9 February 1996 2 March 1996
1998 31 August 1998 7 September 1998 10 September 1998 3 October 1998
2001 8 October 2001 15 October 2001 18 October 2001 10 November 2001
2004 31 August 2004 7 September 2004 16 September 2004 9 October 2004
20071 17 October 2007 23 October 2007 1 November 2007 24 November 2007
2010 19 July 2010 26 July 20102 29 July 2010 21 August 2010
2013 5 August 2013 12 August 2013 15 August 2013 7 September 2013
2014
- WA
28 February 2014 7 March 2014 13 March 2014 5 April 2014

* These elections followed double dissolutions.

** The 1983 major reforms to the Act provided for rolls to close seven days after the issue of the writ rather than on the day the writ was issued. This came into effect for the first time for the 1984 federal election.

1 People who were not currently enrolled had to enrol by 8pm on the day the writ was issued.

2 The Close of Rolls originally was dated for 22 July 2010. However, this was extended to 26 July 2010 due to the High Court ruling on 6 August 2010.

Elections held to fill casual vacancies in the senate

Senate elections to fill casual vacancies 1908–1972
Year Issue of Writ Close of Nominations Polling Day
1908 SA 13 January 1908 21 January 1908 15 February 1908
1963 Qld 1 November 1963 8 November 1963 30 November 1963
1966 NSW, Vic., Qld, WA 31 October 1966 7 November 1966 26 November 1966
1969 Vic SA 29 September 1969 7 October 1969 25 October 1969
1972 Qld 2 November 1972 10 November 1972 2 December 1972

Following the 1977 referendum on Senate casual vacancies, section 15 of the Constitution was altered and there will not be another election to fill a Senate casual vacancy. Vacancies are now filled by a joint sitting of the State Parliament nominating a new Senator who must be of the same political affiliation as the previous Senator was at the time of his or her election or appointment.

Sources:

  • Electoral Pocketbook (May 2011)
  • Commonwealth Election and Referendum Statistics 1901–1975. Pg 9. Australian Electoral Office. AGPS, Canberra 1976
  • The Constitution