Election funding rates

Updated: 8 May 2019

Current election funding rate

1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019

$2.756 per eligible vote

Automatic payment amount

From 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019

$10,080

The election funding rate is an amount allocated for each formal first preference vote. After a federal election or by-election, the current election funding rate is applied to the total number of formal first preference votes received in order to calculate the election funding entitlement. Refer to the election funding page for further information.

The automatic payment is an amount paid by the AEC to all eligible political parties, candidates and Senate groups as soon as practicable 20 days after polling day.

The current election funding rate and automatic payment amount are indexed every six months in accordance with section 321 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.

A listing of historical rates can be found below.

Note that the automatic payment amount was introduced from 1 January 2019.

Election Rate applicable (cents)
2018 Wentworth by-election 273.454
2018 Batman by-election 270.479
2017 Bennelong and New England by-elections 268.332
2016 federal election 262.784
2015 Canning and North Sydney by-elections 259.405
2014 Western Australian Senate election 252.781
2014 Griffith by-election 252.781
2013 federal election 248.800
2010 federal election 231.191
2009 Bradfield and Higgins by-elections 224.851
2008 Lyne and Mayo by-elections 218.940
2008 Gippsland by-election 214.018
2007 federal election 210.027
2004 federal election 194.397
2001 federal election 179.026
1998 federal election 162.210
1996 federal election 157.594
1993 federal election 100.787 1 50.393 2
1990 federal election 91.223 1 45.611 2
1987 federal election 76.296 1 38.148 2
1984 federal election 61.2 1 30.6 2
  1. per House of Representatives vote
  2. per Senate vote
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