Australian Electoral Commission

Costs of elections and referendums

Updated: 16 December 2014
All election cost after 1984 include public funding payments. Election Funding does not apply to referendums.
Date Event Cost
1901 House of Representatives and Senate £56 331
1903 House of Representatives and Senate £46 119
1906 House of Representatives, Senate and Referendum £48 177
1910 House of Representatives, Senate and Referendums £59 281
1911 Referendums £51 774
1913 House of Representatives, Senate and Referendums £91 438
1914 Double Dissolution £88 000
1916 Referendum £81 113
1917 House of Representatives and Senate £85 437
Referendum £83 755
1919 House of Representatives, Senate and Referendums £96 955
1922 House of Representatives and Senate £89 808
1925 House of Representatives and Senate £105 010
1926 Referendums £105 365
1928 House of Representatives, Senate and Referendum £118 844
1929 House of Representatives £105 269
1931 House of Representatives and Senate £90 505
1934 House of Representatives and Senate £102 861
1937 House of Representatives and Senate £101 628
Referendums £95 893
1940 House of Representatives and Senate £104 881
1943 House of Representatives and Senate £107 968
1944 Referendum £102 771
1946 House of Representatives, Senate and Referendums £154 848
1948 Referendum £146 660
1949 House of Representatives and Senate £176 648
1951 Double Dissolution £209 063
Referendum £222 704
1953 Senate Election £244 745
1954 House of Representatives £239 525
1955 House of Representatives and Senate £300 456
1958 House of Representatives and Senate £315 263
1961 House of Representatives and Senate $866 439
1963 House of Representatives $942 497
1964 Senate $1 042 947
1966 House of Representatives $1 079 089
1967 Senate $1 395 871
Referendums # $1 041 000
1969 House of Representatives $1 425 075
1970 Senate $1 735 122
1972 House of Representatives $1 980 132
1973 Referendums $2 900 000
1974 Double Dissolution and Referendum # $3 166 000
1975 Double Dissolution $6 167 000
1977 House of Representatives and half-Senate elections $9 050 000
1979 ACT House of Assembly election $115 000
1980 House of Representatives and half-Senate elections $12 448 000
1981 By-election – McPherson $127 000
By-election – Curtin $49 000
By-election – Boothby $67 000
By-election – Wentworth $71 000
1982 By-election – Lowe $82 000
By-election – Flinders $103 000
ACT House of Assembly election $157 000
1983 Double Dissolution $18 696 000
By-election – Wannon $103 000
By-election – Bruce $105 000
By-election – Moreton $103 000
1984 House of Representatives, Senate and Referendums * $38 430 000
By-election – Hughes $137 000
By-election – Richmond $146 000
By-election – Corangamite $138 000
1986 By-election – Scullin $138 000
1987 Double Dissolution $48 875 900
1988 Referendum $34 447 200
By-election – Adelaide $231 100
By-election – Groom $195 400
By-election – Oxley $199 000
By-election – Port Adelaide $197 600
1989 By-election – Gwydir $210 600
ACT Legislative Assembly election + $693 100
1990 House of Representatives and half-Senate elections $55 478 000
1991 By-election – Menzies $301 600
1992 By-election – Wills $347 900
1993 House of Representatives, half-Senate elections and supplementary election – Division of Dickson $64 049 500
1994 By-election – Werriwa $389 440
By-election – Fremantle $370 745
By-election – Bonython $352 220
By-election – Mackellar $331 783
By-election – Warringah $341 091
By-election – Kooyong $286 503
1995 By-election – Canberra $369 876
By-election – Wentworth $330 148
1996 House of Representatives and half-Senate elections $91 407 000
By-election – Blaxland $342 584
By-election – Lindsay $323 545
1997 By-election – Fraser $295 720
1998 House of Representatives and half-Senate elections $96 709 059
1999 Referendum $66 820 894
By-election – Holt $190 646
2000 By-election – Issacs $489 233
2001 By-election – Ryan $405 246
By-election – Aston $509 263
House of Representatives & half-Senate elections $105 830 037
2004 House of Representatives & half-Senate elections $117 264 871
2005 By-election – Werriwa $501 611
2007 House of Representatives & half-Senate elections $163 076 106
2008 By-election – Gippsland $996 846
By-election – Lyne $657 092
By-election – Mayo $624 466
2009 By-election – Bradfield $850 239
By-election – Higgins $710 489
2010 House of Representatives & half-Senate elections $161 342 861
2013 House of Representatives & half-Senate elections ^ $197 646 219
2014 By-election – Griffith ^ $1 263 388
WA half-Senate election ^ $21 733 788

# Estimated
* All costs after 1984 (except the 1988 referendum) include public funding payments
+ Funds provided by ACT Administration
^ Figures are as at 30 November 2014 and are subject to change due to non-voter processes still occurring.