2019 Australian federal election

The 2019 Australian federal election was held on Saturday 18 May 2019 to elect members of the 46th Parliament of Australia. The election had been called following the dissolution of the 45th Parliament as elected at the 2016 double dissolution federal election. All 151 seats in the House of Representatives (lower house) and 40 of the 76 seats in the Senate (upper house) were up for election.

2019 Australian federal election

 2016 18 May 2019 Next 

All 151 seats in the House of Representatives
76 seats are needed for a majority
40 (of the 76) seats in the Senate
Opinion polls
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Scott Morrison Bill Shorten Richard Di Natale
Party Liberal/National coalition Labor Greens
Leader since 24 August 2018 (2018-08-24) 13 October 2013 (2013-10-13) 6 May 2015 (2015-05-06)
Leader's seat Cook (NSW) Maribyrnong (Vic.) Senator for Victoria
Last election 76 seats, 42.04% 69 seats, 34.73% 1 seat, 10.23%
Seats won 77 seats 68 seats 1 seat
Seat change 1 1
Popular vote 5,906,875 4,752,160 1,482,923
Percentage 41.44% 33.34% 10.40%
Swing 0.60 1.39 0.17
TPP 51.53% 48.47%
TPP swing 1.17 1.17

  Fourth party Fifth party
Leader Bob Katter No leader
Party Katter's Australian Centre Alliance
Leader since 3 June 2011 (2011-06-03)
Leader's seat Kennedy (Qld.)
Last election 1 seat, 0.54% 1 seat, 1.85%
Seats won 1 seat 1 seat
Seat change
Popular vote 69,736 46,931
Percentage 0.49% 0.33%
Swing 0.05 1.52

Prime Minister before election

Scott Morrison
Liberal/National coalition

Subsequent Prime Minister

Scott Morrison
Liberal/National coalition

The second-term incumbent minority Liberal/National Coalition Government, led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, won a third three-year term by defeating the opposition Australian Labor Party, led by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. The Coalition claimed a three-seat majority with 77 seats, Labor finished with 68, whilst the remaining six seats were won by the Australian Greens, Centre Alliance, Katter's Australian Party and three independents.

The electoral system of Australia enforces compulsory voting and uses full-preference instant-runoff voting in single-member seats for the House of Representatives and optional preferential single transferable voting in the Senate.[1] The election was administered by the Australian Electoral Commission.

The result was considered an upset as polling had placed the Coalition consistently behind for almost three years. It was the first time since 2001 that a Federal government in Australia won a third consecutive term in office. The Coalition benefited from a stronger-than-expected showing in Queensland. The Liberal National Party of Queensland won 23 of the state's 30 seats with a statewide primary vote of 43%. Indeed, the net two-seat swing to the LNP in Queensland was enough to allow the Coalition to regain its majority.

On election night, Shorten declared his intention to stand down as leader of his party, but to remain in parliament.[2]