As an Australian citizen aged 18 years of age or older, you have a right and a responsibility to enrol and vote in federal elections.
Enrolment and voting is compulsory. If you don't vote, you may be fined.
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is responsible for maintaining the Commonwealth electoral roll and conducting federal elections, by-elections and referendums.
Before you can vote, your name must be on the electoral roll. The electoral roll is a list of all eligible citizens who are registered to vote in federal elections and referendums.
You are required by law to enrol if you:
If you are 16 or 17, you can enrol now so when you turn 18 you'll be ready to vote.
You can enrol online.
You can also visit any AEC office or Australia Post outlet for an enrolment application.
You can check your enrolment online.
Every time you move or change your name, you need to update your enrolment with your new details. You can change your details online. You can also visit any AEC office or Australia Post outlet for an enrolment application.
If you go overseas to work or live you should let the AEC know. If you are overseas when a federal election or referendum is announced you should also let the AEC know.
If you don't, your name could be removed from the electoral roll and you could miss out on your vote in upcoming elections.
A federal election is held at least once every three years and election day is always on a Saturday. When and where you vote depends on where you will be on election day.
You can vote at any polling place in your home state or territory. Polling places open at 8am and close at 6pm sharp.
If you are in another state or territory and you haven't voted early, you will need to vote at an interstate voting centre.
A list of polling places and interstate voting centres will be available on this website a few weeks before election day.
If you can't make it to a polling place on election day, you can vote early.
You can vote early either in person or by post if on election day you:
Early voting centres are open in the weeks leading up to election day and their locations and opening times will be available on this website.
To vote by post you can apply online or pick up a postal vote application from any Australia Post outlet or AEC office. The AEC will mail out your postal voting pack after the candidates for the election have been finalised.
At a federal election, you are voting to elect people to represent you in the two houses of the Australian Parliament the House of Representatives and the Senate.
You will receive two ballot papers:
Instructions on how to vote are printed on the ballot papers. If you make a mistake or you are unsure what to do just ask a polling official for help.
If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment contact us through the National Relay Service: