Australian Electoral Commission

How to vote while overseas

Updated: 15 July 2016

Contact the AEC from overseas

+61 2 6160 2600

If you wish to vote in the federal election while overseas you must be enrolled to vote.

How do I vote in person?

If you are currently enrolled, you can vote in person at an overseas voting centre.

Overseas voting centres are established at Australian Embassies, Consulates and High Commissions in the lead up to a federal election.

How do I vote by post?

After an election is announced, you can apply for a postal vote online, or complete a postal vote application form.

I am unable to vote, what should I do?

If you are unable to vote you should complete and submit an Overseas Notification form [PDF 55KB].

If you do not inform the AEC, we will write to you asking you to explain why you did not vote. If you explain you were overseas on election day, you will not be fined.

Can I vote online?

No, you cannot vote online.

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