A guide to Victorian government publications
Voting in Victoria is administered by the Victorian Electoral Commission. Their site has a range of electoral information (see below).
In 1984, tenure of Legislative Assembly membership was increased from 3 to 4 years. Legislative Council tenure altered from 6 years to the expiration or dissolution of the second Legislative Assembly after a member has been elected. From late 2006 the term of both the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council became a fixed four years (except in extraordinary circumstances), with elections held on the last Saturday in November.
As well as material listed here, see A handbook of Australian government and politics (various years) and the Victorian parliamentary handbook for overall election results and for voting in particular electorates. The Victorian parliamentary handbook includes a useful chronology showing changes to parliamentary representation in Victoria and changes in length of terms of members. The various editions of A handbook of Australian government and politics list changes in electoral law for the periods covered.
1999 to current Results of elections and by-elections.
1856 to current Election dates, seats contested and number of eligible voters. Doesn't show results.
Elections receive substantial newspaper coverage. Using the dates of elections you can browse newspaper articles around the relevant date. The Library has published several guides to locating newspapers and articles in newspapers. For quick online access to news reports of Victorian elections prior to 1955, go to the Trove newspaper database using the keywords victorian elections and refine the date range in the margin to the left of the results list.
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