Australians overseas for the federal election urged to vote early

Updated: 23 June 2016

The Australian Electoral Commission is urging eligible voters living, working or holidaying overseas to act now to make sure their vote counts in the 2016 federal election.

Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said the easiest way to vote if you are overseas was in-person at one of the 94 overseas voting centres the AEC has established around the world.

"Australians who are enrolled but will be overseas on Saturday 2 July should plan ahead of time to make sure they can cast their vote," Mr Rogers said.

"Don't leave voting to the last minute and don't assume our overseas voting centres are open on election day, Saturday 2 July, even if they share a similar time zone to Australia."

The locations and opening hours for overseas voting centres, and links to the websites of participating Australian diplomatic missions are available at aec.gov.au/overseas.

Eligible overseas voters who want to cast a postal vote must apply immediately to allow time for voting materials to be mailed to their nominated overseas address.

It is recommended overseas voters do not use the AEC's direct online postal voting application as it automatically triggers the ballot papers being mailed from Australia to their overseas address, increasing the prospect of postal voting materials arriving too late to vote.

Instead, overseas voters should download a postal vote application from aec.gov.au/pva and electronically send the completed form to one of the 94 diplomatic missions where overseas voting centres are located. These missions will directly mail ballot papers to voters, rather than the ballot papers being sent from Australia.

Alternatively, if you're about to travel overseas you can vote early at an early voting centre in Australia. For more information on early voting locations go to aec.gov.au/where or call 13 23 26.

Editors' notes:

  • At the 2013 federal election 75 816 overseas votes were cast. Australia's largest overseas voting centre was at Australia House in London, with 15 003 votes cast.