Key Public Sector Dates

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ACT Caretaker Period 8 September to 15 October 2016

The caretaker period begins 37 days before polling day.

Federal Caretaker Period TBA

By convention, the caretaker period begins following the expiry of the parliamentary term on 11/11/2016. The latest possible date for a Federal election is on 14/1/2017.

NSW Caretaker Period 1 March 2019 to 30 March 2019

The caretaker period begins following the dissolution of the Legislative Assembly on the Friday before the first Saturday in March, and continues until after the election on the fourth Saturday in March.

NT Caretaker Period TBA July-August 2016

The caretaker period begins following the suspension of the Legislative Assembly and issuing of writs for the Territory election. This is likely to occur in July 2016 with the election taking place on 27 August.

NZ Caretaker Period By November 2017, following the election

New Zealand does not have a pre-election caretaker period, though recent governments have avoided making major decisions shortly before the election. Instead, caretaker conventions apply post-election if it is not clear who will form the next government, or in the interregnum period until the next government has taken office.

Queensland Caretaker Period TBA early 2018

An election must be called by early 2018, with a caretaker period of 30 to 60 days.

South Australian Caretaker Period 17 February to 17 March 2017

The caretaker period begins from the issuing of the writs for the fixed term election date - which by law must occur 28 days before the election - and lasts until the electoral outcome is known.

Tasmania Caretaker Period TBA early 2018

The caretaker period begins with the dissolution of the House of Assembly, and lasts until election results are clear or a new government has been installed (if applicable). The next election is currently expected in March 2018.


Victorian Caretaker Period 30 October 2018 to 24 November 2018

A normal caretaker period of 25 days applies before the fixed election date. The period can last up to 65 days if the Legislative Assembly is dissolved due to a no confidence vote or blocked supply bill

Western Australian Caretaker Period TBA early 2017

The caretaker period begins following the issuing of writs for the state election. The next election will be held on 11 March 2017.