Australian Electoral Commission

Political party name abbreviations & codes, demographic ratings and seat status

Updated: 13 September 2010

Abbreviations of Political party names used in divisional profiles

Abbreviations used to denote parties referred to in the divisional profiles, some of these parties no longer exist.

Index to abbreviations of Political party names used in the divisional profiles
Abbreviation Party
ACP Australian Conservative Party
ALP Australian Labor Party
ANTI-SOC Anti-Socialist Party
ASP Australian Shooters Party
CLP Northern Territory Country Liberal Party
CP Australian Country Party
DEM Australian Democrats
FLP Federal Labor Party
FSU Farmers and Settlers Union
FT Free Trade
FU Farmers' Union
GRN Australian Greens
IND Independent
IND LAB Independent Labor
IND NAT Independent Nationalist
IND PROT Independent Protectionist
LANG LAB Lang Labor Party
LCL Liberal Country League
LCP Liberal Country Party
LIB Liberal Party (pre 1945)
LNQ Liberal National Party of Queensland
LP Liberal Party of Australia (formed in 1946)
NAT Nationalist Party
NAT & FARMERS Nationalist and Farmers
NCP National Country Party
NP National Party of Australia
OTHERS Other parties, may include Independents
PROT Protectionist Party
ST CP State Country Party
UAP Unite Australia Party
UCP United Country Party
VFU Victorian Farmers' Union
WAP Western Australia Party

Demographic ratings

Demographic classification of divisions is based on the following criteria:

  • Inner Metropolitan – situated in capital cities and consisting of well-established built-up suburbs.
  • Outer Metropolitan – situated in capital cities and containing large areas of recent suburban expansion.
  • Provincial – outside capital cities, but with a majority of enrolment in major provincial cities.
  • Rural – outside capital cities and without majority of enrolment in major provincial cities.

Seat status (Party 'safeness')

Seat status is generally based on the two-party-preferred results of the last election. However, in seats where Labor and the Coalition were not the final two candidates, the seat status is based on the two-candidate-preferred result (e.g. marginal independent). The two-party-preferred figure refers to the number of votes received by the Labor and Coalition candidates after a full distribution of preferences.

The two-candidate-preferred figure refers to the number of votes received by independent and major party candidates after a full distribution of preferences. Where a winning candidate receives less than 56% of the vote, the seat is classified as 'marginal'; 56–60% is classified as 'fairly safe'; and more than 60% is considered 'safe'.