The AEC is required under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to provide electoral roll information to a number of persons and organisations including members of parliament, political parties, approved medical researchers, public health programs, electoral researchers and some companies who provide identity verification services.
A list of the current companies who are entitled to receive roll information for identity verification purposes is set out in Regulation 8 of the Electoral and Referendum Regulation 2016. These companies receive a full copy of the public version of the electoral roll. Where another company or business uses the services of these listed companies, the only information that is disclosed is to confirm or reject that the name and address information corresponds with a real person who can be identified from a range of databases. Accordingly the actual business that made the inquiry will only receive the information about specific individuals who have chosen to provide their information to that business for identity verification. Those businesses do not actually receive the roll data itself or any information about people who do not have a relationship with them.
The information provided to the identity verification companies listed in regulation 8 (referenced above) is limited to the elector’s name and enrolled address. No other personal information is disclosed by the AEC.
The AEC has sent email and SMS messages to encourage people to enrol or update their enrolment details. All Australian citizens aged 18 years or over are required by law to enrol and keep their enrolment details up to date.
If you have received an email or sms message it is because the AEC has information that indicates you may either need to enrol or update your enrolment details. The AEC also encourages citizens that are 16 and 17 to enrol so that they are able to vote when they turn 18.
The AEC has sent these messages via email or SMS where email addresses and/or mobile phone number has been provided to either the AEC as part of an enrolment application, or to another government agency.
The 'close of rolls' is the date the electoral roll closes for the federal election. When the writs are issued for the federal election, a date is set for the close of rolls. After this date, you cannot enrol or update your details on the electoral roll for the federal election.
The close of rolls date is 8pm local Australian time on the seventh calendar day after the writs are issued for the federal election.
You must be enrolled at your current address so you can vote for the candidates in your electorate (also known as electoral division) in the federal election.
Yes. Laws passed by the Australian Parliament allow us to directly enrol or update your address on the electoral roll based on information from other government agencies.
This does not happen automatically. The AEC has comprehensive checks in place to confirm if you are eligible to enrol and that you live at a particular address.
More details about this process are available here:
This process will not affect everyone and it is still your responsibility to enrol to vote and keep your enrolment details up-to-date.
Legally you can only be enrolled at one address. The law requires that you have lived at an address for more than one month before you can enrol at that address. If you are absent from the address that appears on the electoral roll for a period of time but have an intention to return to that address, you do not need to update your enrolment. Some degree of permanence, or continuity of living at the address shown on the electoral roll is a vital legal requirement before you should change your enrolment.
When you fill in an enrolment form, you are making a declaration that you are eligible for the address you have put on the form, and that the information on the form is correct. For more information about the declaration see Completing an enrolment form – your declaration.
Remember you must vote for the electorate you are enrolled in.
When you complete an enrolment form, you are required to make a declaration that you are eligible to enrol for the address you provide on the form, and that the information you have provided on the form is true and correct. Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence under section 137.1 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code.
The AEC has commenced sending electors acknowledgement of their enrolment via email.
If you provided an email address to the AEC when you completed an enrolment application, confirmation of your enrolment may be sent via email. In cases where an email fails to reach a designated email account, a printed acknowledgement letter will be sent to your mailing address.
No. Even if you have not enrolled before, you can do so now and you will not be fined. The AEC encourages all eligible Australians to enrol to vote and keep their details up to date on the electoral roll.
Yes, you are required by law to enrol and vote in federal elections and referendums.
If you find it difficult to get to a polling place on election day, you can apply to become a General Postal Voter to receive your ballot papers in the mail. The AEC also provides mobile polling to some nursing homes and hospitals, and uses accessible polling places wherever possible. In cases where an accessible polling place is not available, alternative arrangements are in place to assist those people who may be unable to access a polling place without assistance.
Yes, you are required by law to enrol and vote in federal elections and referendums.
If you find it difficult to get to a polling place on election day, you can apply to become a General Postal Voter to receive your ballot papers in the mail. The AEC also provides mobile polling to some hospitals, and uses accessible polling places wherever possible. In cases where an accessible polling place is not available, alternative arrangements are in place to assist those people who may be unable to access a polling place without assistance.
If you have a physical disability that prevents you from writing, you can get someone else to complete and sign an enrolment form for persons unable to sign their name on your behalf.
Some people may require additional support to enrol and vote, such as people with an intellectual, cognitive or psychosocial disability. The AEC provides a range of information written in Easy English. Easy English is more accessible for people who have difficulty reading and understanding written information.
If you have been removed from the electoral roll on medical grounds (as a result of an objection on the the basis of s.93(8)(a) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918), you will need to provide a new enrolment application and a medical certificate to re-enrol.
The medical certificate must be signed by a registered medical practitioner and state that you are capable of understanding the nature and significance of enrolment and voting.
For additional information you can download a pro-forma medical certificate or contact your local AEC Divisional Office.
The AEC is authorised under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to collect your details to maintain the electoral roll. To help ensure an open and accountable electoral process, the electoral roll (containing names and addresses) is available for public inspection at any AEC office. The publicly available roll does not contain your date of birth or contact details such as phone number or email address.
The AEC may disclose your details to prescribed authorities with access to enrolment information, and:
If you believe having your address shown on the electoral roll puts you or your family at risk, you can apply to register as a silent elector.
The AEC receives external data from a range of federal and state departments and agencies to use in the management of the electoral roll. The external data received may include details of an individual's surname, given name(s), date of birth, and address.
That data is then examined and matched against the electoral roll to identify people who are entitled to enrol and are not currently enrolled, and those who are entitled to enrol and vote and require an update to their enrolment details.
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The AEC also shares information with all state and territory electoral commissions for the purposes of managing and maintaining the electoral rolls.
Section 120 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act (1918) (‘the Electoral Act’) allows for certain enrolment decisions to be subject to internal review. In these cases, the letter which notified you of the enrolment decision will also notify you of your rights to request an internal review.
You can request further information about how a decision was made by contacting your local AEC office. Contact details for your local Divisional office are included in your letter or can be found here.
If you are unhappy with this decision you are able to request an internal review, in accordance with subsection 120(1) of the Electoral Act. There is no fee payable for requesting an internal review.
A request for an internal review must be made in writing to the Electoral Commissioner, before the end of 28 days, starting on the day on which you received the letter informing you of the decision.
Applications for review should be sent to your local AEC office. Please ensure that you clearly state you are seeking a review of a decision and include your contact details and any reference numbers that may appear on your letter.
The Electoral Commissioner, or their delegate, who was not involved in making the original decision will consider all relevant material, legislation and policy that led to the original decision. There are three possible outcomes from an internal review:
If an internal review has been completed and you do not agree with the outcome, you are able to apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for an external review of the decision. More information on how to apply to the AAT and any applicable fees can be found on their website.