This is a list of prime ministers of Australia by time in office. The basis of the list is the inclusive number of days from being sworn in until leaving office, if counted by number of calendar days all the figures would be one greater.

Rank by time in office

Parties

  Liberal   Labor   Country (National)   United Australia   Nationalist   National Labor   Commonwealth Liberal   Free Trade   Protectionist

Rank No. Prime Minister Portrait Party Assumed
office
Left
office
Time in office
(term)
Time in office
(total)
Election
wins
Ref
  1. 12th Sir Robert Menzies
(1894–1978)
United Australia 26 April 1939 29 August 1941 2 years, 125 days 18 years, 163 days 1940, 1949, 1951,
1954, 1955, 1958,
1961, 1963
[1]
  Liberal 19 December 1949 26 January 1966 16 years, 38 days
  2. 25th John Howard
(born 1939)
Liberal 11 March 1996 3 December 2007 11 years, 267 days 1996, 1998, 2001,
2004
[2]
  3. 23rd Bob Hawke
(1929–2019)
Labor 11 March 1983 20 December 1991 8 years, 284 days 1983, 1984, 1987,
1990
[3]
  4. 22nd Malcolm Fraser
(1930–2015)
Liberal 11 November 1975 11 March 1983 7 years, 120 days 1975, 1977, 1980 [4]
  5. 7th Billy Hughes
(1862–1952)
Labor 27 October 1915 9 February 1923 7 years, 105 days 1917, 1919, 1922 [5]
  National Labor
  Nationalist
  6. 10th Joseph Lyons
(1879–1939)
United Australia 6 January 1932 7 April 1939 7 years, 91 days 1931, 1934, 1937 [6]
  7. 8th Stanley Bruce
(1883–1967)
Nationalist 9 February 1923 22 October 1929 6 years, 255 days 1925, 1928 [7]
  8. 2nd Alfred Deakin
(1856–1919)
Protectionist 24 September 1903 27 April 1904 216 days 4 years, 313 days 1903, 1906 [8]
5 July 1905 13 November 1908 3 years, 131 days
  Commonwealth Liberal 2 June 1909 29 April 1910 331 days
  9. 5th Andrew Fisher
(1862–1928)
Labor 13 November 1908 2 June 1909 201 days 4 years, 297 days 1910, 1914 [9]
29 April 1910 24 June 1913 3 years, 56 days
17 September 1914 27 October 1915 1 year, 40 days
  10. 16th Ben Chifley
(1885–1951)
Labor 13 July 1945 19 December 1949 4 years, 159 days 1946 [10]
  11. 24th Paul Keating
(born 1944)
Labor 20 December 1991 11 March 1996 4 years, 82 days 1993 [11]
  12. 14th John Curtin
(1885–1945)
Labor 7 October 1941 5 July 1945 3 years, 271 days 1943 [12]
  13. 30th Scott Morrison
(born 1968)
Liberal 24 August 2018 Incumbent 3 years, 150 days[a] 2019 [13]
  14. 19th John Gorton
(1911–2002)
Liberal 10 January 1968 10 March 1971 3 years, 59 days 1969 [14]
  15. 27th Julia Gillard
(born 1961)
Labor 24 June 2010 27 June 2013 3 years, 3 days 2010 [15]
  16. 29th Malcolm Turnbull
(born 1954)
Liberal 15 September 2015 24 August 2018 2 years, 343 days 2016 [16]
  17. 21st Gough Whitlam
(1916–2014)
Labor 5 December 1972 11 November 1975 2 years, 341 days 1972, 1974 [17]
  18. 26th Kevin Rudd
(born 1957)
Labor 3 December 2007 24 June 2010 2 years, 203 days 2 years, 286 days 2007 [18]
27 June 2013 18 September 2013 83 days
  19. 1st Sir Edmund Barton
(1849–1920)
Protectionist 1 January 1901 24 September 1903 2 years, 266 days 1901 [19]
  20. 9th James Scullin
(1876–1953)
Labor 22 October 1929 6 January 1932 2 years, 76 days 1929 [20]
  21. 28th Tony Abbott
(born 1957)
Liberal 18 September 2013 15 September 2015 1 year, 362 days 2013 [21]
  22. 17th Harold Holt
(1908–1967)
Liberal 26 January 1966 19 December 1967 1 year, 327 days 1966 [22]
  23. 20th William McMahon
(1908–1988)
Liberal 10 March 1971 5 December 1972 1 year, 270 days [23]
  24. 6th Joseph Cook
(1860–1947)
Commonwealth Liberal 24 June 1913 17 September 1914 1 year, 85 days 1913 [24]
  25. 4th George Reid
(1845–1918)
Free Trade 18 August 1904 5 July 1905 321 days [25]
  26. 3rd Chris Watson
(1867–1941)
Labor 27 April 1904 18 August 1904 113 days [26]
  27. 13th Arthur Fadden
(1894–1973)
Country 29 August 1941 7 October 1941 39 days [27]
  28. 18th John McEwen
(1900–1980)
Country 19 December 1967 10 January 1968 22 days [28]
  29. 11th Sir Earle Page
(1880–1961)
Country 7 April 1939 26 April 1939 19 days [29]
  30. 15th Frank Forde
(1890–1983)
Labor 6 July 1945 13 July 1945 7 days [30]

Prime ministers' parties by time in office

Notes

  1. ^ Scott Morrison's time in office as of 21 January 2022

See also

References

  1. ^ "Robert Menzies". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  2. ^ "John Howard". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Bob Hawke". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Malcolm Fraser". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  5. ^ "Billy Hughes". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Joseph Lyons". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Stanley Bruce". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  8. ^ "Alfred Deakin". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Andrew Fisher". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Ben Chifley". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Paul Keating". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  12. ^ "John Curtain". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  13. ^ "Scott Morrison". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  14. ^ "John Gorton". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  15. ^ "Julia Gillard". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  16. ^ "Malcolm Turnbull". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  17. ^ "Gough Whitlam". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  18. ^ "Kevin Rudd". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  19. ^ "Edmund Barton". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  20. ^ "James Scullin". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  21. ^ "Tony Abbott". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  22. ^ "Harold Holt". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  23. ^ "William McMahon". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  24. ^ "Joseph Cook". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  25. ^ "George Reid". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  26. ^ "Chris Watson". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  27. ^ "Arthur Fadden". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  28. ^ "John McEwen". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  29. ^ "Earle Page". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  30. ^ "Frank Forde". Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Retrieved 2 November 2021.