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Eligibility of election candidates

There has recently been a range of public commentary regarding the eligibility of federal parliamentarians. Should any matter that results in a vacancy be referred to the High Court, as has been speculated, the AEC will follow the orders of the court as required.

The AEC has no role in determining candidate eligibility, either at the time of the election or afterwards. All candidates for a federal election are required to legally declare that they are eligible to stand at the time of nomination.

FAQ: Why doesn’t the AEC check the eligibility of all candidates at an election?

Determining the number of seats

The Electoral Commissioner will soon determine how many federal electoral divisions (seats) each state and territory is entitled to. This determination occurs every electoral cycle, one year after the first sitting day for a new House of Representatives (current Parliament: 30 August 2016). Read more (+)

The determination is part of a broader process to ensure, as near as possible, that each electoral division has a similar number of enrolled voters. It will be calculated using estimated resident population data that was released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on 27 June 2017.

It is possible for a state or territory to lose or gain a seat as a result of the determination and this would trigger a redistribution process to redraw the relevant jurisdiction’s seats to accommodate the change.

Further information – Does Australia always have 150 federal electoral divisions?.

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Current federal redistributions

Local elections

State and local elections are not run by AEC. If you have an enquiry or didn't vote in a state or local election, please contact your state electoral authority.

Latest news

There will be a brief service interruption to some AEC systems between 7.30am and 8am on Friday 28 July 2017