Media release: More than 15.6 million Australians ready to vote

Updated: 1 June 2016

A total of 15 676 659 people are enrolled to vote in the 2016 federal election, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) announced today.

Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said the electoral roll has increased by over 963 000 since the last federal election.

"From the day after the announcement of the election on Sunday 8 May to the 8pm close of rolls deadline on Monday 23 May, the AEC processed over 132 000 additions to the electoral roll as part of 687 000 enrolment transactions, with the remainder mostly involving the updating of residential address details" Mr Rogers said.

Mr Rogers said the overall number of people estimated to be missing from the electoral roll has dropped this federal election.

"Importantly, the number of people estimated to be missing from the electoral roll has dropped from around 1.21 million at the 2013 federal election to just over 816 000," Mr Rogers said.

"The proportion of eligible Australians on the roll has risen from 92.4 per cent at the 2013 election to 95.0 per cent."

Editors' notes:

Table: Close of rolls statistics for electors eligible to vote at the federal election 2016 by state/territory and by age:
Ages NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT TOTAL % OF TOTAL
18* 60 758 48 461 39 095 19 757 14 267 4 477 4 143 1 105 192 063 1.2
19 75 169 56 483 47 206 22 325 16 009 5 265 4 559 1 388 228 404 1.5
20-24 394 611 315 356 249 660 125 374 89 324 27 184 25 036 11 073 1 237 618 7.9
25-29 400 733 327 800 249 654 134 823 89 644 25 443 27 491 14 784 1 270 372 8.1
30-34 421 199 340 145 257 285 141 099 91 559 26 077 29 201 15 437 1 322 002 8.4
35-39 419 036 331 319 251 138 133 131 87 586 25 878 27 141 13 942 1 289 171 8.2
40-44 447 443 348 849 273 895 139 017 95 099 29 393 26 437 13 863 1 373 996 8.8
45-49 440 515 355 145 274 918 142 951 102 027 32 079 25 112 13 628 1 386 375 8.8
50-54 445 247 343 400 270 766 140 135 104 642 33 648 23 547 12 838 1 374 223 8.8
55-59 437 740 332 205 262 932 134 778 105 460 35 497 21 833 11 212 1 341 657 8.6
60-64 394 749 300 242 238 817 121 951 97 029 33 744 18 910 8 926 1 214 368 7.7
65-69 368 745 278 564 225 552 111 093 92 983 32 065 17 397 6 656 1 133 055 7.2
70+ 781 226 585 569 434 791 212 028 197 420 62 834 31 319 8 168 2 313 355 14.8
TOTAL 5 087 171 3 963 538 3 075 709 1 578 462 1 183 049 373 584 282 126 133 020 15 676 659 100.0

*18 year olds include 15 771 provisionally enrolled 17 year olds turning 18 by election day who will be able to vote.