Future Election Dates

8th February 2010

Future election dates:  

Federal  

The next federal election is due anytime before April 2011.  It is more likely to be held later in 2010 than early next year, however.  For more information, please see previous Hawker Britton Occasional Paper on possible federal election dates at http://www.hawkerbritton.com/hawker-britton-media/publications/323/federal-election-.htm  

New South Wales  

New South Wales has fixed four year terms, with an election set for the fourth Saturday in March every four years.  The next election is 26 March 2011.   

Victoria  

Like New South Wales, Victoria has fixed four year terms.  The next election is Saturday 27 November 2010.  

Queensland  

Queensland’s parliament has three year terms which are not fixed.  The 2009 election was Saturday 21 March. The next election must be held by late March 2012.     

Western Australia   

Western Australia has four year parliamentary terms which are not fixed.  Legislation is currently being debated in Parliament to introduce fixed terms. Currently, it can be technically held between June 2012 to May 2013. Due to convention, the most likely current date is February 2013.     

South Australia  

South Australia’s parliament has fixed four year terms, with elections legislated for the third Saturday in March every four years.  This year’s election is 20 March 2010 – the following election will be 15 March 2014.   

Tasmania  

Tasmania’s parliament is not yet operating under fixed terms but the current Premier and the Opposition have both signalled their support for the concept.  The next election is 20 March 2010 – with parliament operating under four year terms, the following election would be due by March 2014.   

Australian Capital Territory  

The ACT has fixed four year terms, with an election due on the third Saturday of October every four years.  The next election date is 20 October 2012.   

Northern Territory  

The NT has fixed four year terms – the next election is due on the fourth Saturday in August 2012.

Election Dates summary:
 

State

Election due date

Federal

Due Aug 2010 to April 2011

NSW

26 March 2011

VIC

27 November 2010

QLD

March 2012

WA

February 2013

SA

20 March 2010

TAS

20 March 2010

ACT

20 Oct 2012

NT

25 August 2012

 

 

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