Australian Electoral Commission

Prescribed authorities with access to enrolment information

Updated: 20 July 2011

Under subsection 90B(4), Item 4 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the CEA), the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) may provide roll information, including electors' date of birth and gender details to "a prescribed authority". A prescribed authority is defined in subsection 4(1) of the CEA to be either the Agency Head of an Agency (within the meaning of the Public Service Act 1999), or the Chief Executive Officer of a Commonwealth Authority as specified in the Electoral and Referendum Regulations 1940 (the Regulations). A list of the current prescribed authorities can be found in Schedule 1 of the Regulations.

In accordance with s.91A of the CEA, prescribed authorities may only use roll information for the permitted purposes that are set out in Schedule 1 of the Regulations.