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List of prime ministers of Australia by time in office

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.

Rank by time in officeEdit

Parties

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

Rank No. Prime Minister Portrait Party Assumed
Office
Left
Office
TERM
Time in Office
TOTAL
Time in Office
Election
Wins
  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
  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
  3. 23rd Bob Hawke
(1929–2019)
  Labor 11 March 1983 20 December 1991 8 years, 284 days 1983, 1984, 1987,
1990
  4. 22nd Malcolm Fraser
(1930–2015)
  Liberal 11 November 1975 11 March 1983 7 years, 120 days 1975, 1977, 1980
  5. 7th Billy Hughes
(1862–1952)
  Labor 27 October 1915 9 February 1923 7 years, 105 days 1917, 1919, 1922
  National Labor
  Nationalist
  6. 10th Joseph Lyons
(1879–1939)
  United Australia 6 January 1932 7 April 1939 7 years, 91 days 1931, 1934, 1937
  7. 8th Stanley Bruce
(1883–1967)
  Nationalist 9 February 1923 22 October 1929 6 years, 255 days 1925, 1928
  8. 2nd Alfred Deakin
(1856–1919)
  Protectionist 24 September 1903 27 April 1904 216 days 4 years, 313 days 1903, 1906
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
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
  11. 24th Paul Keating
(born 1944)
  Labor 20 December 1991 11 March 1996 4 years, 82 days 1993
  12. 14th John Curtin
(1885–1945)
  Labor 7 October 1941 5 July 1945 3 years, 271 days 1943
  13. 19th John Gorton
(1911–2002)
  Liberal 10 January 1968 10 March 1971 3 years, 59 days 1969
  14. 27th Julia Gillard
(born 1961)
  Labor 24 June 2010 27 June 2013 3 years, 3 days 2010
  15. 29th Malcolm Turnbull
(born 1954)
  Liberal 15 September 2015 24 August 2018 2 years, 343 days 2016
  16. 21st Gough Whitlam
(1916–2014)
  Labor 5 December 1972 11 November 1975 2 years, 341 days 1972, 1974
  17. 26th Kevin Rudd
(born 1957)
  Labor 3 December 2007 24 June 2010 2 years, 203 days 2 years, 286 days 2007
27 June 2013 18 September 2013 83 days
  18. 1st Sir Edmund Barton
(1849–1920)
  Protectionist 1 January 1901 24 September 1903 2 years, 266 days 1901
  19. 9th James Scullin
(1876–1953)
  Labor 22 October 1929 6 January 1932 2 years, 76 days 1929
  20. 28th Tony Abbott
(born 1957)
  Liberal 18 September 2013 15 September 2015 1 year, 362 days 2013
  21. 17th Harold Holt
(1908–1967)
  Liberal 26 January 1966 19 December 1967 1 year, 327 days 1966
  22. 20th William McMahon
(1908–1988)
  Liberal 10 March 1971 5 December 1972 1 year, 270 days
  23. 30th Scott Morrison
(born 1968)
  Liberal 24 August 2018 Incumbent 1 year, 90 days 2019
  24. 6th Joseph Cook
(1860–1947)
  Commonwealth Liberal 24 June 1913 17 September 1914 1 year, 85 days 1913
  25. 4th George Reid
(1845–1918)
  Free Trade 18 August 1904 5 July 1905 321 days
  26. 3rd Chris Watson
(1867–1941)
  Labor 27 April 1904 18 August 1904 113 days
  27. 13th Arthur Fadden
(1894–1973)
  Country 29 August 1941 7 October 1941 39 days
  28. 18th John McEwen
(1900–1980)
  Country 19 December 1967 10 January 1968 22 days
  29. 11th Sir Earle Page
(1880–1961)
  Country 7 April 1939 26 April 1939 19 days
  30. 15th Frank Forde
(1890–1983)
  Labor 6 July 1945 13 July 1945 7 days

Prime Ministers' parties by time in officeEdit

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