The media centre provides:
The AEC will be distributing media releases throughout the election period with information for the public and media. This will also include some advisories and media opportunities for images, footage and AEC comment.
A range of statistics will be made available on the AEC website during the election period. These statistics will include:
Should any media representatives wish to gain access to a polling place on election day they will need to obtain prior permission from the AEC and be fully across the AEC guidelines.
Media seeking access to a polling place on the day without prior AEC permission will not be admitted.
The AEC's official results centre, the Virtual Tally Room (VTR), enables you to follow vote counting on election night and progressive results until the final outcome is declared.
The VTR can be accessed on election night from 6pm and pages are updated as results from individual polling places are entered into AEC systems.
Counts conducted in polling places on election night provide indicative results only. As counting continues in the weeks following election night updates will be made to the VTR as results become available.
In a Senate election, a candidate is elected if they receive a 'quota' of votes.
All Senate first preference votes must be counted in order to determine the quota. The quota cannot be determined until after all normal ballot paper re-checks are completed and the final day for receipt of postal votes has passed, which is 13 days after election day.
The quota is calculated by dividing the total number of formal ballot papers by one more than the number of Senators to be elected (6 + 1) and then adding '1' to the result (ignoring any remainder).
Once the quota has been determined, the distribution of preferences can occur and the successful candidates decided. Results of senate elections are usually known approximately four to five weeks after election day.
Results will also be available to the media via the AEC's media feed service which operates in parallel to the VTR. This service specifically provides a data feed to the media wishing to publish in their preferred format.
Any member of the media (including camera crews and photographers) wanting to take footage of voting or counting at a polling place (including an early voting centre or accompanying a mobile polling team) must obtain the prior permission of the AEC.
The AEC's permission must be sought by contacting the relevant AEC media liaison officer in the state/territory in which access is sought (contact details are listed at the bottom of this document). The media liaison officer will discuss your requirements, including if there is a particular electorate or polling place that you wish to cover.
Please note, media turning up at a polling place without obtaining prior permission may be refused entry. Media failing to follow the AEC's guidelines at the polling place may be asked to leave.
To ensure the efficient conduct of both the voting and counting (scrutiny), permission granted by the AEC is conditional on the media complying with the following rules at the polling place.
Please note, if the above rules are not complied with, the Officer in Charge will ask the media to leave the polling place.