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Part 3 - Elections - Introduction

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Next election

Every House of Representatives shall continue for three years from its first meeting. As the current House first met on 12 November 2013, it is due to expire on 11 November 2016, although it may be dissolved sooner with the election date nominated by the Prime Minister.

If the House of Representatives continues until its expiry date, then the election must be held on a Saturday no more than 68 days later, that is by 14 January 2017.

Although the election of senators whose terms expire on 30 June 2017 may be held as late as 13 May 2017 at a half-Senate election, a simultaneous House of Representatives and half-Senate election must be held no earlier than 6 August 2016 and no later than 14 January 2017.

A double dissolution election cannot be held later than 16 July 2016.

For details, see R Lundie, Australian elections timetable, DPS Research Paper, 7 April 2014.