Scott Morrison is promising to get straight back to work after pulling off a miracle win.
The prime minister received a rapturous reception after defying the pundits in a come-from-behind victory.
“I have always believed in miracles,” he told jubilant Liberal supporters in Sydney on Saturday night, with his wife and daughters by his side.
“I’m standing with the three biggest miracles of my life here tonight and tonight we have been delivered another one.”
Hundreds of Liberal diehards who packed into the ballroom of the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel erupted in deafening delight when Mr Morrison entered the room around midnight.
But the prime minister declared the surprise election result a victory for “quiet Australians”.
“It’s always been about them.”
Liberal diehards had come expecting a funeral but somehow found themselves at a coronation.
Mr Morrison, who became prime minister less than nine months ago after the Liberal Party rolled Malcolm Turnbull, is hungry to get back to work.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re going to get back to work for the Australians that we know go to work every day, who face those struggles and trials every day,” he said.
“They’re looking for a fair go and they’re having a go and they’re going to get a go from our government.”
The coalition will be returned to government after winning at least 74 of the 76 seats needed to form a majority in parliament.
A number of seats are still in doubt, but Mr Morrison acknowledged those candidates who defied the odds to buck expected defeats.
He singled out the Sunshine State, where Labor failed to make an impact.
“How good’s Queensland?” he said, to chants of Queensland from the crowd.
“I never thought I’d hear that in this room in NSW this close to Origin.”
Mr Morrison will attend the Horizon Church in the Sutherland Shire on Sunday morning before watching his beloved Cronulla Sharks play later in the day.
The real work begins on Monday, when the coalition government returns to Canberra.