Australian Electoral Commission

Electoral Pocketbook 2011 - 3 The electoral process

Updated: 15 June 2011

3.9 Election costs

Cost of the 2010 federal election

Expenditure on the 2010 federal election as at 30 April 2011 was $161 342 861. Major categories of expenditure are detailed below.

Please note that election costs are incurred over more than one financial year.

Major categories of expenditure
Expenses $
Employee Expenses 51 347 774
Property, Office Supplies & Services (inc. Venue/Equip Hire, Security. Stationery) 7 999 652
Election Cardboard & Supplies (inc. Electoral Forms, Envelopes, Ballot Paper, Screens) 6 431 705
Contractors (inc. DFAT, NTR, Scrutiny) 5 602 416
Consultancy 891 417
Travel 2 963 120
Advertising, Promotion & Media Services 10 139 360
ITC Services 8 991 037
Mailing & Freight Services 6 529 410
Printing & Publications 6 231 350
Legal services 387 064
Other expenses 665 172
Sub Total 108 179 476
Public Funding 53 163 385
TOTAL EXPENSES 161 342 861

Note: The amount above is GST exclusive

Comparative figures for previous elections
  1998
$
2001
$
2004
$
2007
$
2010
$
Average cost per elector
Actual cost
5.21 5.09 5.79 8.36 7.68
Constant prices
(December quarter 2010 base, GST exclusive)
7.41 6.51 6.85 9.05 7.68

Note: Average cost per elector is calculated by dividing expenditure, excluding the money for public funding, by the number of eligible electors on election day.

Constant price is calculated by dividing the average cost per elector by the ratio of the relative CPI rate over the CPI from the September 2010 quarter as a base.