Australian Electoral Commission

Indigenous Australians

Updated: 9 October 2014

Enrolment and voting

Research suggests that Indigenous Australians are half as likely to enrol to vote. Those that are enrolled are less likely to vote and less likely to fill in their ballot papers correctly.

This means that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are missing out on having their voices heard at election time!

Make sure you're enrolled so you get a say in your future and in the future of your community.

Want to know more? Watch our videos on enrolment and voting and find out why it's important to enrol and vote and how to make your vote count.

Indigenous Electoral Participation Program (IEPP)

The AEC established the Indigenous Electoral Participation Program (IEPP) in 2010 to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage in electoral participation. The IEPP operates from each state and territory capital city and at the AEC's national office in Canberra.

Education and resources

The IEPP offers a range of videos, products and resources for schools, community groups and individuals. Contact us to request educational or information sessions (based on availability).

AEC's Reconciliation Action Plan

In 2012, the AEC launched its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2012–2014. The RAP has an internal focus of supporting our staff to gain an understanding, demonstrate a commitment and develop engagement skills to ensure the AEC is able to deliver electoral services in a manner that takes into account the needs and aspirations of Indigenous Australians wherever possible.

An important priority for the AEC is the attraction and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and building a respectful, inclusive workplace culture.

National Indigenous Youth Parliament

The National Indigenous Youth Parliament (NIYP) 2014 was a week-long leadership program for young Indigenous Australians held in Canberra from 28 May to 3 June 2014. Applications for NIYP 2014 have closed.

Contact us

For more information on enrolment and voting, you can contact the AEC.

You can also contact an AEC Indigenous and Community Engagement Officer in your state/territory or national office.