Australian Electoral Commission

By-elections & Supplementary Elections

Updated: 15 November 2013

A by-election is held whenever a vacancy occurs in the House of Representatives. A supplementary election must be held if a candidate for a House of Representatives election dies in the period between close of nominations and polling day.

Dates of Federal by-elections 1994 – present


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By-election dates
Year Date By-election State/territory
1994 29 January Werriwa New South Wales
1994 12 March Fremantle Western Australia
1994 19 March Bonython South Australia
1994 26 March Mackellar New South Wales
1994 26 March Warringah New South Wales
1994 19 November Kooyong Victoria
1995 25 March Canberra Australian Capital Territory
1995 8 April Wentworth New South Wales
1996 15 June Blaxland New South Wales
1996 19 October Lindsay New South Wales
1997 1 February Fraser Australian Capital Territory
1999 6 November Holt Victoria
2000 12 August Isaacs Victoria
2001 17 March Ryan Queensland
2001 14 July Aston Victoria
2002 19 October Cunningham New South Wales
2005 19 March Werriwa New South Wales
2008 28 June Gippsland Victoria
2008 6 September Mayo South Australia
2008 6 September Lyne New South Wales
2009 5 December Bradfield New South Wales
2009 5 December Higgins Victoria
2014 8 February Griffith Queensland