Australian Electoral Commission

Information for scrutineers

Updated: 30 March 2016

The AEC acknowledges the passage of amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 by the Parliament including changing the voting method for electing Senators. The AEC is now progressing work to implement these changes and further information will be provided.

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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.