Australian Electoral Commission

Media key facts and figures, 2013 federal election

Updated: 20 September 2013

Enrolment key facts

  • 14 712 799 Australians were enrolled to vote for the 2013 federal election. This compares to 14 088 260 in 2010.
  • 1 548 419 Australians aged 18 to 24 years were enrolled to vote for the 2013 federal election. This compares to 1 522 991 in 2010.
  • An estimated 1.22 million eligible Australians were not enrolled to vote for the 2013 federal election. This compares to an estimated 1.5 million in 2010.

Nominations key facts

  • 1717 candidates nominated for the 2013 federal election. This compares to 1198 in 2010.
  • 1188 candidates nominated for the House of Representatives. This compares to 849 in 2010.
  • 529 candidates nominated for the Senate. This compares to 349 in 2010.
  • There were 470 female candidates and 1247 male candidates for the 2013 federal election. This compares to 353 female candidates and 845 male candidates in 2010.

Voting arrangements

  • There were 9146 polling places during the 2013 federal election (inclusive of early voting centres, remote polling locations and special hospital teams).
  • There were over 500 early voting centres around Australia.
  • Voting services were made available via 102 diplomatic missions around the world, enabling eligible Australians living, working or holidaying overseas to cast their vote.
  • 38 mobile voting teams visited more than 400 remote locations across Australia.
  • Information explaining how to vote in 27 languages was available at every polling place. This compares to 21 languages in 2010.

Election resources

  • Over 43 million ballot papers were printed.
  • Over 50 000 ballot boxes were produced.
  • Over 150 000 voting screens were produced.
  • Approximately 14 000 recycling bins were produced (including items recovered for re-use after the 2010 federal election).
  • Over 100 000 pencils and approximately 140 kilometres of string was required.
  • Approximately 9.7 million households received the AEC's publication, Your official guide to the 2013 federal election. The guide was also published in audio, E-text and braille formats.
  • Approximately 80 000 temporary staff were employed for work in early voting centres, at polling places on election day and for counting votes after the election.
  • Approximately 500 election call centre operators were trained to answer enquiries during the election period.
  • The election call centre operated from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, and 7am to 9pm on election day. Over 550 000 calls and 30 000 enquiry emails were received.
  • The 2013 federal election cost over $110 million to run, plus election funding payments of approximately $60 million.
  • The election funding rate for candidates, if they achieve at least 4 per cent of the formal first preference vote, is 248.800 cents per vote.

Voting

  • Over 3.2 million Australians voted early (pre-poll or postal) for the 2013 federal election. This compares to around 2.5 million in 2010.
  • Over 1.3 million postal vote applications were received for the 2013 federal election. This compares to just over 950 000 in 2010.
  • 2832 votes were cast via the AEC's telephone voting solution for people who are blind or have low vision. This compares with 410 in 2010.

Virtual Tally Room

  • The tally room contained 869 pages on election night, which were refreshed every 90 seconds.
  • In the days after election night results were updated every 15 minutes via 21 041 pages.

Electorate facts

  • Geographically, Wentworth is the smallest division in Australia.
  • Geographically, Durack is the largest division in Australia.

Further information

Contact the AEC National Media Unit on 02 6271 4415, at media@aec.gov.au or the media liaison officer in your state or territory.