Media release: Calling all Indigenous voters – it’s time to enrol to vote

Updated: 18 May 2016

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is urging eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to enrol to vote ahead of the 2 July federal election.

AEC Indigenous Community Engagement Officer and Elder Brett Hill said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can enrol up until the close of rolls deadline of 8pm 23 May 2016.

Although a person is not required to identify as Indigenous on the roll, data available to the AEC suggests around 58 per cent of Indigenous Australians are currently enrolled.

“Getting in early is especially important for Indigenous Australians who are much less likely to enrol than other Australians,” Mr Hill said.

“If you are not enrolled, you can’t vote in the 2016 federal election.

“Your vote is your voice on the laws and decisions that affect you and your community so don’t miss out on having your say about who represents you in the Parliament.

“Getting enrolled is easier than ever. Jump online and use your computer, tablet or smartphone to enrol in just a few simple steps.

“If you’re already on the roll but moved since the last election, or changed your name, you will need to update your enrolment details.

“You can also pick up a paper enrolment form at any AEC office or Australia Post outlet but make sure you return a correctly filled out application to the AEC by the close of rolls deadline.”

Further information

  • The AEC’s Indigenous Electoral Participation Program is a Closing the Gap initiative. It engages with communities to provide culturally appropriate information, education and awareness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voters.
  • AEC Indigenous and Community Engagement Officers in each state and territory are available for interview on request.