See also the publications Voter Turnout Since 1945: A Global Report and Voter Turnout in Western Europe since 1945: A Regional Report, which are based on the data in this database.

Voter turnout data for Australia

The table below shows the statistics from recent elections in Australia. The data has been verified where possible. You can click on any cell to see when the data was last reviewed. You can also help us make the database better by suggesting updates or corrections.

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Year
The year the election took place or a law was passed, etc
Voter Turn­out
The voter turnout (of the only or final round) as defined as the percentage of registered voters who actually voted
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Total vote
The total number of votes cast in the relevant election. Total vote includes valid and invalid votes, as well as blank votes in cases where these are separated from invalid votes.
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Regi­­stration
The number of registered voters. The figure represents the number of names on the voters' register at the time that the registration process closes (cut-off date), as reported by the electoral management body.
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VAP Turn­out
The voter turnout as defined as the percentage of the voting age population that actually voted
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Voting age popu­­lation
The voting age population (VAP) includes all citizens above the legal voting age
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Popu­lation
The total population
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Invalid votes
A vote needs to fulfill a number of criteria to be considered as valid.
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Compulsory voting
2013
93.23%
13,726,070
14,722,754
79.67%
17,048,864
22,262,501
5.91%
 Yes
2010
93.22%
13,131,667
14,086,869
81.02%
16,208,479
21,515,754
5.60%
 Yes
2007
94.76%
12,931,460
13,646,539
82.38%
15,696,515
20,434,176
3.95%
 Yes
2004
94.32%
12,354,983
13,098,461
82.37%
14,999,498
19,913,144
5.18%
 Yes
2001
94.85%
12,054,664
12,708,837
84.20%
14,316,998
19,294,257
4.82%
 Yes
1998
94.99%
11,545,132
12,154,050
82.24%
14,039,112
18,750,982
3.78%
 Yes
1996
95.77%
11,243,941
11,740,568
82.99%
13,547,920
18,308,000
3.20%
 Yes
1993
95.75%
10,900,861
11,384,638
83.43%
13,065,440
17,656,000
2.97%
 Yes
1990
95.31%
10,225,800
10,728,435
82.09%
12,457,450
17,065,000
3.19%
 Yes
1987
93.84%
9,715,428
10,353,213
84.14%
11,546,730
16,263,000
4.94%
 Yes
1984
94.19%
9,293,021
9,866,266
84.20%
11,036,240
15,544,000
6.34%
 Yes
1983
94.64%
8,870,174
9,372,064
81.24%
10,919,090
15,379,000
2.09%
 Yes
1980
94.35%
8,513,992
9,023,592
83.97%
10,139,550
14,695,000
2.45%
 Yes
1977
95.08%
8,127,762
8,548,779
84.48%
9,620,530
14,359,000
2.52%
 Yes
1975
95.39%
7,881,873
8,262,413
84.68%
9,308,310
13,893,000
1.90%
 Yes
1974
95.40%
7,535,768
7,898,922
84.31%
8,937,800
13,340,000
1.92%
 Yes
1972
95.38%
6,747,247
7,074,070
85.35%
7,905,600
12,960,000
2.17%
 Yes
1969
94.97%
6,273,611
6,606,213
83.89%
7,478,600
12,260,000
2.54%
 Yes
1966
95.13%
5,892,327
6,193,881
84.66%
6,960,000
11,600,000
3.10%
 Yes
1963
95.71%
5,609,501
5,860,935
85.65%
6,549,600
10,916,000
1.82%
 Yes
1961
95.22%
5,420,269
5,692,364
84.56%
6,409,880
10,508,000
2.56%
 Yes
1958
95.44%
5,166,038
5,412,865
86.05%
6,003,620
9,842,000
2.87%
 Yes
1955
95%
4,540,975
4,779,974
78.35%
5,796,000
9,200,000
2.87%
 Yes
1954
96.05%
4,638,778
4,829,546
81.93%
5,661,810
8,987,000
1.35%
 Yes
1951
95.97%
4,671,544
4,867,713
85.24%
5,480,150
8,431,000
1.90%
 Yes
1949
95.94%
4,714,159
4,913,654
91.67%
5,142,800
7,912,000
1.98%
 Yes
1946
93.95%
4,457,003
4,744,017
91.85%
4,852,250
7,465,000
2.45%
 Yes