Choosing members

Members represent their electorate in the House of Representatives

Federal elections

In a federal election all Australian citizens 18 years and over who are enrolled to vote must vote for 1 person to represent their electorate in the House of Representatives.

The winner of the vote in each electorate becomes a member of the House of Representatives.

A member represents the interests and concerns of people in their electorate.

Australia has 151 federal electorates

About 112 000 voters live in each electorate.

There are 151 members

1 member for each federal electorate.

Each member is elected for 3 years

Then there is another election.