Indigenous Electoral Participation Program

The objectives of the program are to increase enrolment, voter turnout, formality and employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australian elections.


Under the program, the AEC aims to deliver effective, culturally appropriate services to Indigenous Australians.

We work directly with communities or in partnership with other organisations to deliver services in ways that meet cultural and regional needs.

Services include the delivery of electoral information sessions, tailored materials for Indigenous voters, partnerships with government and non-government agencies, and a range of other community outreach activities.


The AEC produces a range of resources and materials to help promote Indigenous electoral participation, including:

  • posters, brochures and materials promoting enrolment and voting
  • culturally appropriate videos, images and audio files
  • publications on the history of the Indigenous vote and electoral milestones, and
  • specific materials on elections and referendums.

National Indigenous Youth Parliament

The National Indigenous Youth Parliament (NIYP) provides an opportunity for future Indigenous leaders to come together and enhance their understanding of the political and electoral process. In the past, this event has been held in between federal elections. At this stage of the electoral cycle, no decision has been made about future events.


For further advice or support contact an AEC Indigenous Community Engagement Officer in your state or territory.

Updated: 24 November 2020