If you wish to vote in a federal election while overseas you must be enrolled to vote.
Arrangements for state and local government elections are different so you will need to contact your state/territory electoral office for more details.
If you subscribe to the AEC mailing list you will receive an email to let you know when federal elections or referendums are announced. This page is also updated on announcement of an election.
The AEC sets up early voting centres at some Australian airports before election day so if you are currently enrolled you might be able to vote before you leave the country.
If you are currently enrolled, you can apply online for a postal vote immediately after an election is announced.
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.
No, you cannot vote online.