Can a new prime minister be sworn-in before all votes are counted?

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The prime minister is a member of the House of Representatives and leads the parliamentary party, or coalition of parties, with the support of the majority of members in the House.

If the Governor-General is satisfied that a party or coalition of parties can secure the support of the majority of members in the House, a prime minister and other ministers may be sworn-in before all the results of the federal election are declared.

The Australian Constitution gives the Governor-General the power to appoint ministers and does not set any restrictions on when ministers may be appointed in relation to elections.

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The Governor-General swearing-in the prime minister.

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The Governor-General swearing-in the prime minister.

A man sits at a wooden desk with pens and paperwork. Another man is approaching the desk while other people sit and watch.

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Anthony Albanese is sworn in as the 31th prime minister of Australia by Governor-General David Hurley in May 2022.