Cost of the 1996 Australian Federal Election

Item/Project Amount - AU$

Payment of Polling Officials & hire of premises 30,749,000
Advertising 7,193,000
Computer support services 2,782,000
Ballot paper production and associated printing 2,740,000
Forms and equipment 2,544,000
Cardboard polling equipment production 1,732,000
Elector leaflet 1,474,000
Corporate services administration 1,271,000
Certified Lists 1,057,000
Operational administration 919,000
Public information materials and support 889,000
Storage and distribution 761,000
Training of polling officials 717,000
Senate scrutiny 578,000
National Tally Room 537,000
Election allowances 364,000
Overseas postal voting 260,000
Scanning centres 256,000
Election statistics and results 144,000
Payment system 118,000
Resources monitoring 91,000
Funding and disclosure 23,000
Prosecutions 3,000

Total 57,202,000

Based on the number of electors at the close of rolls (11,655,190), the estimated expenditure per elector to 30 June 1996 was $4.91

A final expenditure figure was not available in late 1996, as not all post-election tasks which will be costed to the election (such as non-voter action) had been completed.

Source: Australian Electoral Commission, Electoral Pocket Book 1996