Information for people with disability or mobility restrictions

Updated: 14 November 2017

A range of information and services are available to help people with disability or mobility restrictions cast their vote in the New England by-election.

This website features the ReadSpeaker application which reads contents aloud. You can save any content from the AEC’s website as an MP3 file.

Polling place access

Each polling place is given an accessibility rating to assist people with disabilities or mobility restrictions. These ratings are:

  • wheelchair accessible
  • assisted wheelchair access, or
  • not wheelchair accessible.

You can click on the rating listed against each polling place to find out more about its specific accessibility features.

Assistance to vote at a polling place

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

The assistant reads the content of the ballot paper and then completes it according to your 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 may 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 from any location, including their own homes.

Postal voting

The voter may choose an assistant (such as a friend or family member) to 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 New England by-election

Accessible formats

A printed version of the official guide will be delivered to every household in the Division of New England. It provides information on when and where to vote, assistance available at polling places and how to vote correctly.

You can also call the AEC on 13 23 26 to have a braille, audio or large print format of the official guide sent to you.

Candidate lists

Accessible formats

You can also call the AEC on 13 23 26 to have a braille, audio or large print format of the candidate list sent to you.