Key Public Sector Dates

Title Date Notes
Tasmania Caretaker Period 12 February 2014 to 15 March 2014

No fixed election date
(Election may be held any Saturday until 24 May 2014, with a caretaker period of between 27 and 61 days commencing on the date of expiry or dissolution of the House of Assembly)

South Australia Caretaker Period 15 February 2014 to 15 March 2014

Fixed election date

(Period shown assumes minimum campaign period of 28 days - can be up to 55 days)

Victoria Caretaker Period 30 October 2018 to 24 November 2018

Fixed election date

(Caretaker period of 25 days applies for the fixed election date - can be up to 65 days in case of dissolution of Legislative Assembly due to 'no confidence' or rejected money Bill)

New South Wales Caretaker Period 6 March 2015 to 28 March 2015

Fixed election date

(Caretaker period of 22 days applies for the fixed election date - can be up to 44 days in case of dissolution of Legislative Assembly due to 'no confidence' or rejected money Bill)

Queensland Caretaker Period TBA

No fixed date

(Election may be held any Saturday until 20 June 2015, with a caretaker period of between 30 and 60 days)

Northern Territory Caretaker Period 8 August 2016 to 27 August 2016

Fixed election date

(The caretaker period commences on the same dat the writ is issued for general election. Section 23(1) of the Electoral Act states that a writ must be issued 19 days before polling day.)

Australian Capital Territory Caretaker Period 9 September 2016 to 15 October 2016

Fixed election date

(Caretaker period of 37 days applies for the fixed election date - can be up to 90 days for an earlier election)

Commonwealth Caretaker Period TBA

No election date

(Caretaker period of between 32 and 39 days for fixed election date - can be between 38 and 100 days for elections not held on the fixed date)

Western Australia Caretaker Period 1 February 2017 to 11 March 2017

Fixed election date

(Caretaker period of between 32 and 39 days for fixed election date - can be between 38 and 100 days for elections not held on the fixed date)

New Zealand Caretaker Period Not applicable

Unlike Australia, the caretaker convention does not apply in the pre-election period in New Zealand. However, successive governments have chosen to excercise some restraint in the three months before an election.