Key Dates

Title Date Body
Australian Capital Territory Budget 3 June 2014
Tasmanian Budget 28 August 2014
Western Australian Budget 8 May 2014
South Australian Budget 19 June 2014
Federal Budget 13 May 2014
Victorian Budget 6 May 2014
New Zealand Budget 15 May 2014
New South Wales Budget 17 June 2014
Queensland Budget 3 June 2014
Tasmania Caretaker Period 12 February – 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 - 15 March 2014

Fixed election date

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

Victoria Caretaker Period 4 November - 29 November 2014

Fixed election date

(Caretaker period of 25 days applies for the fixed election date - can be uo 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 - 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 periof of between 30 and 60 days)

Northern Territory Caretaker Period 7 August - 27 August 2016

Fixed election date

(Writs must be ussued 20 days before the election date, commencing caretaker period)

Australian Capital Territory Caretaker Period 9 September - 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 - 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)

Federal Election Date No later than 14 January 2017
NSW Election Date 28 May 2015
VIC Election Date 24 November 2018
QLD Election Date No later than 20 June 2015
SA Election Date 17 March 2018
WA Election Date 11 March 2017
NT Election Date 27 August 2016
TAS Election Date 26 May 2018
ACT Election Date 15 November 2016
NZ Election Date No later than 18 November 2017
Northern Territory Budget 13 May 2014
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.