Neither incumbent Scott Morrison nor challenger Bill Shorten are particularly well known outside Australia.
Morrison, a former treasurer and Tourism Australia director, has only been the country’s Prime Minister for less than eight months after toppling Malcolm Turnbull in a closed-door leadership ballot .
His Liberal National government is promising tax cuts and economic stability if re-elected — although convincing voters has been an uphill battle.
It is opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten’s second attempt at Australia’s top job. A former top union official, Shorten has also struggled to connect with voters over the past six years.
Shorten has pledged more action on climate change and greater spending on health and education services, paid for by reversing tax cuts on top earners.
Both men have promised to serve a full three-year term if they win. But in Australia, you never know.