New England by-election - provisional new citizens

Updated: 3 November 2017

Special arrangements are in place to allow people to apply for provisional enrolment, on the announcement of the New England by-election, where they will become Australian citizens between the issue of the writ for the by-election and election day.

These arrangements only apply to people who will become Australian citizens and who are living in the division of New England.

You are eligible if you:

  • have been notified by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection that you will become an Australian citizen between the date of the issue of the writ for the election, Friday 27 October 2017, and election day, Saturday 2 December 2017, and
  • submitted a valid enrolment form prior to the close of rolls at 8pm on Friday 3 November 2017.

How do I vote on election day?

Because your citizenship had not been confirmed at the time the New England by-election was announced, your name will not be on the electoral roll when you go to vote at the polling place on election day.

You will be issued a provisional vote and will be required to complete a declaration vote envelope in which to lodge your ballot papers.

However, your vote will not be counted until you have shown evidence of your Australian citizenship to the AEC. You can do this at the polling place by showing your citizenship certificate to a polling official.

If you don’t show evidence of your citizenship at the polling place, you must do so by Friday 8 December 2017, at any AEC office.

If you do not provide evidence of your citizenship by this day, your vote will not be counted and your provisional enrolment will be cancelled. You will then need to complete an ordinary enrolment application so your name is included on future electoral rolls.

Remember, once you become an Australian citizen it is compulsory to enrol and vote. Every time you move, you will need to fill out a new enrolment application.