Australian Electoral Commission

How to vote while overseas

Updated: 2 November 2015

Contact the AEC from overseas

+61 2 6160 2600

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

North Sydney by-election

The electoral roll for the North Sydney by-election in New South Wales is now closed. It is too late to enrol for this election. The North Sydney by-election is only for eligible voters living in the division of North Sydney in New South Wales. You can still enrol for future federal, state and local government elections.

If you will be overseas on by-election day and will be unable to vote, you should complete an overseas notification form

In person voting services will not be available for the North Sydney by-election. You can apply for a postal vote now. For more information, contact the AEC via the overseas contact number above or the online enquiry form.

Arrangements for state and local government elections are different so you will need to contact your state/territory electoral office for more details.

How can I find out when the next federal election is announced?

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.

How do I vote in person?

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.

How do I vote by post?

If you are currently enrolled, you can apply online for a postal vote immediately after an election is announced.

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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