General Election Key Dates

Election Day for the 2014 General Election was Saturday 20 September.

2014 General Election Timetable.

Monday 10 March

Prime Minister announces dates for 2014 general election

Friday 20 June

Regulated period for election advertising expenses begins

Monday 23 June

Launch of enrolment campaign

Thursday 14 August      

Dissolution of Parliament

Wednesday 20 August

Writ Day

Governor General issues formal direction to the Electoral Commission to hold the election.

Thursday 21 August

Nominations open

Advertising calling for individual nominations of electorate candidates

Monday 25 August


Bulk Nominations

Deadline for registered political parties to bulk nominate their electorate candidates to the Electoral Commission.

Tuesday 26 August


Nominations close

Deadline for political parties to submit list candidates to the Electoral Commission.

Deadline for individual nominations of electorate candidates to Returning Officers.

Wednesday 3 September

Advance and Overseas Voting starts

Friday 19 September

Advance Voting ends

Last day to enrol for the election.

Friday 19 September


Regulated period ends

All election advertising must end and election signs must be taken down

Saturday 20 September

Election Day

Polling places open from 9.00am to 7.00pm.

Election Night

Preliminary results released progressively from 7.00pm on

Saturday 4 October

Official results for general election declared

(including special declaration votes)


Last updated: 17 December 2014