Anthony Albanese will lead Labor to the next election, with no other candidates emerging to challenge the leading leftwinger for the role.
Nominations closed on Monday morning, leaving the MP for the seat of Grayndler as the only candidate for the role.
His deputy will be Victorian MP from the right faction, Richard Marles.
“Honoured to be elected 21st Leader of @AustralianLabor,” Albanese said on Twitter.
“Thank you to members of caucus, rank and file members and affiliates for your support. Together we can return our great Party to government in three years time.”
The Labor caucus will meet on Thursday to endorse the positions and confirm the carve up of Albanese’s frontbench, with 16 positions to be allocated to the party’s Right faction, and 14 for Left-aligned MPs.
Albanese’s leadership rivals Chris Bowen and Jim Chalmers – both from the Right – withdrew from contention last week.
On Sunday Marles said the party faced a challenge to reconnect with the community after the election, which he called a “devastating” moment in the party’s history.
“I think it’s really important that Labor is speaking to and connecting with the broadest range of the Australian community that we possibly can,” Marles said.
“It matters that working Australians around the nation identify us as their party because that is the basis of the Labor party and we need to be making sure that we rebuild that.
“We need to come back from what has been a very devastating moment in our history and regroup as quickly as we can so that we are as competitive as possible three years from now when the Australian people go to an election again, because I can tell you there are millions of Australians who want to see Labor put its best foot forward and provide a choice for them at the next election.”
Victorian MP Clare O’Neil, who had considered running for deputy, said she believed Marles would be “brilliant” in the role, and rejected suggestions that the party was going backwards in terms of its female representation.
Former deputy Tanya Plibersek can no longer hold the deputy’s position because she comes from the same NSW Left faction as Albanese. After initially expressing an interest in the leadership, Plibersek withdrew from the contest to make way for Albanese, citing family obligations.
“The stars haven’t aligned on this occasion to put a woman in one of those two positions,” O’Neil said.
“Let’s wait for a few days because I am pretty sure that when we step back from this, we will see a Labor party where women have got their rightful place around the shadow cabinet table.”
Albanese is scheduled to hold a press conference at midday on Monday.