On 21 February 1984, following major amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Act), the AEC was established.
The AEC is the Commonwealth agency responsible for providing Australians with an independent electoral service and enhancing their understanding of, and participation, in the electoral process.
The AEC has one primary outcome for which it is funded, namely:
Maintain an impartial and independent electoral system for eligible voters through active electoral roll management, efficient delivery of polling services and targeted education and public awareness programs.
It achieves this through three programs: