Australia heads to the polls, expected to elect yet another new Prime Minister

Bill Shorten.
Bill Shorten. Photo credit: AAP

Australian Labor MP Bill Shorten is urging people to "vote for change" as they head to the polls on Saturday.

The federal election is open to elect the 46th parliament, and Shorten is up against Prime Minister Scott Morrison for the spot.

He's taken to Twitter promising to get wages moving again and to end the "chaos in Canberra" if elected.

The election comes just days after a Labor legend and former Prime Minister Bob Hawke passed away, aged 89.

Shorten is just ahead in the polls, and if victorious will be the country's seventh Prime Minister in just nine years (including Kevin Rudd twice).

He led Labor to defeat in 2016, but improved its standings enough to warrant another shot.