Telephone voting for the 2016 federal election

Updated: 5 July 2016

It is now too late to telephone vote.

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

Telephone voting is a simple two-step process and AEC voting assistants are on hand to assist you through the process.

Step 1: Call to register –If you wish to vote by telephone, you must register first by calling 1800 913 993. Registration is available on weekdays between 8:30am and 5:30pm (AEST) from Monday 13 June until Friday 1 July 2016. It is also available from 8:00am to 12 noon (AEST) on Saturday 2 July 2016.

You will be asked questions to check your details on the electoral roll, and will be asked to choose a PIN number. You will then receive a telephone voting registration number by your choice of an email, SMS, phone call, or postal mail.

Step 2: Call to vote – You need to call 1800 913 993 again to cast your vote. Telephone voting is available on weekdays between 8:30am and 5:30pm (AEST) from Tuesday 14 June until Friday 1 July. It is also available from 8am to 6pm (AEST) on Saturday 2 July 2016. You will need to have your telephone voting registration details and PIN number ready.

You will not need to give your name, as your registration and PIN number will be used to mark your name off the electoral roll. An AEC voting assistant will record your vote. A second voting assistant will ensure that your vote is recorded as you intended. Your vote remains secret because the AEC voting assistants will not know your name and address.

Once your vote is complete, the voting assistant will place the ballot papers into secure ballot boxes.