Australian Electoral Commission

Information for electors with disability

Updated: 24 June 2016

A range of information and services is available to help electors with disability to cast their vote for the 2016 federal election.

Polling place access for people with disability

Each polling place has an accessibility rating to assist people with a disability or mobility restrictions. These ratings are: wheelchair accessible, assisted wheelchair access or not wheelchair accessible. Click on the rating to find out more about the specific accessibility features at each polling place.

Assistance to vote

You can ask someone to help you vote. Polling place staff are trained to assist you, or you can nominate any person (except a candidate) to assist. This person could be a friend, relative or a party worker. If voters do not nominate someone, then the polling official in charge will provide assistance.

The assistant reads the contents of the ballot paper and then completes the ballot paper according to the voter's preferences.

There are also special arrangements at polling places for people who cannot get out of their car. If the polling official in charge is satisfied that you cannot enter the polling place, someone will bring the ballot papers to you.

Telephone voting

Voters who are blind or have low vision will be able to cast a vote in secret by telephone from any location, including their own homes, by calling 1800 913 993.

Postal voting

An assistant may complete the ballot papers and envelope, but the voter must sign the envelope or make a mark as a signature.

Your official guide to the 2016 federal election

Your official guide to the 2016 federal election is now available.

A printed version of the official guide is being delivered to every household in Australia. It provides information on when and where to vote, assistance available at polling places and how to vote correctly.

The official guide is also available in accessible formats including e-text, large print and audio MP3, or you can call the AEC on 13 23 26 to have a braille, audio or large print version sent to you.

The following formats are available for download:

Candidate lists

The lists of candidates for the House of Representatives and Senate are now available.

You can listen to the lists of candidates for your electoral division or state. The ReadSpeaker application is available to read the content aloud. You can save any content from the AEC's website, including candidate lists, as an MP3 file.

Candidates in: NSW | Vic. | Qld | WA | SA | Tas. | ACT | NT

You can also request for a copy of the relevant candidate lists to be sent to you in e-text, large print, braille or audio formats by calling the AEC on 13 23 26.

Auslan video

This video contains information on enrolling and voting for federal elections and referendums. The video includes AUSLAN, a voiceover in plain English and plain English captions.

Publications

Contacts

For more information contact 13 26 26. If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service (NRS):

  • TTY users phone 133 677 then ask for 13 23 26
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 13 23 26
  • Internet relay users connect to the NRS then ask for 13 23 26.