Australian Electoral Commission

Information for scrutineers

Updated: 27 February 2014
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Scrutineers Handbook

Scrutineers carry out an important role in ensuring integrity in the conduct of elections and referendums.

The Scrutineers Handbook is designed to help scrutineers undertake their role effectively. It outlines the rights and responsibilities of scrutineers and includes information on what to do before, during and after polling day.

It is crucial that scrutineers have a clear understanding of their role. The handbook explains what you can and cannot do under the law.

Scrutineers play a significant part in helping to ensure every vote counts.

An addendum has been published to supplement the print version of the Scrutineers Handbook published in 2012 and used for the 2013 federal election. Hard copies are available from divisional offices. The PDF version above incorporates the addendum items.