AEC 25th Anniversary

Updated: 2 February 2011

AEC 25th Anniversary slideshow

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  • The AEC's 25 years serving the Australian community


    The AEC's 25th anniversary of service to Australian democracy
  • Australian electoral history in action


    Having a say has always been something we Australians pride ourselves on.

    Image of a Residential Qualification certificate proving the holder has permission to vote in the electoral district of Petersham (NSW, Australia) 1901
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    From becoming a nation in 1901...

    Pamphlet promoting Federation
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    to protecting our national interests during times of conflict...

    Image of a Proclamation regarding the 1917 referendum for reinforcements to service in World War I
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    and enfranchising all Australians...

    Photograph of a group of people in 1965 protesting the right to vote for indigenous Australians
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    voting has always played an important role in developing our national identity.

    Photograph of House of Representatives and Senate ballot boxes
  • Voting any way you can


    Despite some hitches...

    Photograph of a couple voting on their wedding day
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    people the world over value their opportunity to participate in democracy...

    Photograph, from above, of the huges queues of people lining up to vote in the 1994 South African Elections.
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    and won't let anything stand in their way.

    People queuing to vote at Mawson Station in Antarctica
  • International assistance


    The AEC has not only played a crucial role within Australia, we have reached out across the globe to help others elect their chosen representatives.

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    While some of us might take the right to vote for granted, millions of others do not.

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    The AEC has helped parliamentary democracies build their election management capacities, including involvement in the BRIDGE project (BRIDGE stands for Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections).

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  • Educating the future


    Another key role for us at the AEC is electoral education.

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    We are mindful our children represent Australia's future...

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    and to ensure a bright one, we have created specific electoral education programs and activities.

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    School visits are made by AEC staff, and interactive electoral education materials provided,

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    and people from all parts of Australia visit our Electoral Education Centre in Canberra.

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  • Australian voting in action


    Every day, the AEC works towards ensuring Australia has an up-to-date electoral roll, an impartial electoral system and a society informed about electoral rights and responsibilities.

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    Whether in our cities...

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    or deep in the Australian outback...

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    where sometimes distance can be a challenge that's fun to overcome...

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    the AEC is there to help you...

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    during Australia's federal elections, and between elections with our range of electoral services.

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  • The future


    Whilst it's important to acknowledge the many achievements of the AEC, this anniversary comes at a time when proposals for change to the electoral system are generating widespread interest and debate.

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    Looking ahead, the major focus for us at the AEC is to continue delivering highly professional electoral services that meet the evolving needs of the Australian people.

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