2023 federal referendum - Timetable

The below timetable provides the key dates for the administration of the 2023 referendum.

Activity Date
Issue of writ
* Formal commencement of the referendum
Monday 11 September
Postal vote applications open. Monday 11 September
Close of rolls 8pm, Monday 18 September
Remote voting begins Monday 25 September
Early voting centres open (NT, TAS, VIC & WA) Monday 2 October
*Public holiday in some states
Early voting centres open (ACT, NSW, QLD & SA) Tuesday 3 October
Postal vote applications close 6pm, Wednesday 11 October
Referendum day Saturday 14 October
Last day for the receipt of postal votes Friday 27 October
Return of the writ Monday 6 November

Download: Stylised timetable printout

Updated: 7 November 2023