1 625 candidates to contest the 2016 federal election

Updated: 10 June 2016

1 625 candidates have nominated to contest the 2016 federal election, Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers announced today.

This compares to 1 717 candidates who contested the 2013 federal election.

This national figure includes 631 candidates for the 76 Senate vacancies and 994 candidates for the 150 House of Representatives seats across Australia.

Mr Rogers said the candidate nominations were officially declared at 12 noon today at public events held around Australia.

“The secure printing of ballot papers will now start with early voting to commence from Tuesday 14 June.”

Editors notes

Number of nominations by state/territory in the 2016 federal election

House of representatives breakdown
State/territory Seats 2016 nominations 2013 nominations
New South Wales* 47 314 352
Victoria 37 259 344
Queensland 30 204 233
Western Australia** 16 86 128
South Australia 11 72 66
Tasmania 5 30 35
Australian Capital Territory 2 9 13
Northern Territory 2 20 17
AUSTRALIA 150 994 1188

*  New South Wales was entitled to 48 seats at the 2013 federal election. This has now decreased to 47 seats.
** Western Australia was entitled to 15 seats at the 2013 federal election. This has now increased to 16 seats.

Senate breakdown
State/territory No. of vacancies 2016 nominations 2013 nominations*
New South Wales 12 151 110
Victoria 12 116 97
Queensland 12 122 82
Western Australia 12 79 62
South Australia 12 64 73
Tasmania 12 58 54
Australian Capital Territory 2 22 27
Northern Territory 2 19 24
AUSTRALIA 76 631 529

* For the 2013 federal election there were 40 Senate vacancies.