What would happen if no-one voted at all in the next federal election?

Thanks for your question, Chris. It is highly unlikely that no-one will vote at the next federal election.

Under Australian law, it is compulsory for all eligible Australian citizens, 18 years and over to enrol and vote in federal elections, by-elections and referendums.

The Australian Constitution gives the Australian Parliament the power to make laws about how elections should be run. In 1924, the Parliament passed a bill – proposed law – which made voting in federal elections compulsory.

However, it is possible that after the election no political party or coalition of parties will have a majority of members elected to the House of Representatives and be able to form government. This situation is referred to as a ‘hung parliament’. A party leader may then be able to demonstrate to the Governor-General that they can form a minority government with the support of independent and/or minor party members.

If no leader is able to demonstrate the support of a majority of members, the Governor-General may have to order another election be held.

A photo of 3 people voting at a row of purple and white voting booths, with their backs to the camera.

People voting in a federal election.

Australian Electoral Commission

People voting in a federal election.

A photo of 3 people voting at a row of purple and white voting booths, with their backs to the camera.

Australian Electoral Commission

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This photo shows large, purple and white cardboard voting booths in a row. Each booth is screened off from the neighbouring booths. Three people are standing at the booths with their backs to the camera. They are looking down and appear to be writing at the legde of their booths.