Australian Federal Election Betting Preview & Tips

Event Type


Australian Politics

Event Date(s):


On or before 18 May 2019 and on or before 2 November 2019

Event Time:









Previous (Year) Winner & Score/Time


Malcolm Turnbull, Liberal/National Coalition

Prize Money





Australian Federal Election History


The first Australian federal election was held in 1901 and saw Edmund Barton of the Protectionist Party gain a majority. The Australian Federal Election is held every three years at the dissolution or expiry of the previous Parliament. The 46th Parliament must be elected between 4 August 2018 and 18 May 2019 for half of the Senators (from the States) and on or before 2 November 2019 for the House of Representatives and for Senators from the territories. The earliest simultaneous election is 4 August 2018.



Australian Federal Election Format


Voting for the Australian Federal Election is compulsory using methods of proportional representation as opposed to first-past-the-post. Federal elections refer to selecting both the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate.


There are 150 members elected to the House of Representatives as per the 150 electorates representing around 100,000 voters. Members select, through a series of preferential voting, their desired candidates in order of preference until an overall majority is gained. An absolute majority refers to over half of the first preference votes, otherwise, the candidate with the lowest amount of votes is eliminated and their votes redistributed to the others. This process continues until one candidate has the majority of over half the votes.


Senators complete a six-year term, which means they rotate who is elected each term in order to attain a full house. Proportional representation is used to allocate senators to seats based on how many overall votes they have received from the electorate. As such, a greater amount of independent parties and outlying senators are elected. State senators must attain 14.3% of the vote, while Territory senators must gain 33.3%. Counting the votes can often take weeks.



Australian Federal Election Betting


For the Australian Federal Election, bets can be placed on the party who win outright. Full Australian Federal Election Odds can be found here.



Australian Federal Election Betting Tips


Tips for betting for the Australian Federal Election can come from the previous elections and how well candidates and parties did, the current political climate and a multitude of opinion polls held to ascertain who people may vote for. For more information on tips for the Australian Federal Election and all other major events, check out the Tips Section of the Oddschecker AU Website.



Australian Federal Election Records:


The 2016 Australian Federal Election saw more than a quarter of first preference votes go to a party that wasn’t either Labor or the Liberal/National Coalition. Labor’s primary vote of 2016 was its second lowest since 1949 at just 34.9%. The Coalition achieved 42.1%, another low result for the party – compared to the Greens’ 10.2% in primary voting. The largest ever majority was following the dissolution of the 1975 Parliament, which saw a swing of 55 to the Coalition, while the smallest was 2010’s -1 for Labor – who made up numbers by gaining the support of independents and the Greens.



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