Electoral System: Australia


Government Type:

Federal monarchy, Constitutional monarchy, Parliamentary system

Head of State: 

Head of Government: Tony Abbot, Prime Minister

Upper House total number of seats: 

76

Lower House total number of seats: 

150

Electoral Constituencies:

All States: New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory, New Territories

Population: 

22.68 million (2012)

Number of registered voters: 

14 million (14,704,070)

Upcoming Elections:

Senate & House of Representatives: November 30, 2016 (date not confirmed)

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Electoral System: 
Proportional Representation (gives a percentage of seats according to the percentage of votes won): Single transferable vote
Election Threshold: 
Ranked voting system
Election Deposit Requirement: 
$2,000 AUD (Senate). Refunded at 4%
Election Management Body: 

Australian Electoral Commission (http://www.aec.gov.au)

Quota for women: 

• 26% for House of Representatives.
• In 2010 the Australian Government committed to achieving at least 40 per cent representation for men and women on all Australian government boards by 2015. (source: http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/rp/rp1314/ElectoralQuotas#_ftn60)

Next election date: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2016