AEC Legal Complaints Statement

Updated: 14 September 2015

If someone suspects another person or persons of:

  • committing an offence under; or
  • breaching any of the provisions of

the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 or the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984, they are encouraged to notify the AEC.

How to make a legal complaint:

You can make a legal complaint by:


Posting a written complaint to the AEC

The Chief Legal Officer
Australian Electoral Commission,
Locked Bag 4007
Canberra ACT 2601


When making a complaint it is very important that you:

  • provide as much information as possible (dates, time, locations, names etc.);
  • describe the conduct you are concerned about; and
  • provide us with any materials (original documents if possible) you believe will support your complaint;

The complainant should provide as much information as possible from which the AEC can make a formal assessment of the complaint or allegation.

Managing the complaint

The AEC recognises that the seriousness of these complaints may require the AEC to seek external advice from, for example the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP), as such it is not possible to set a minimum response time.

Information relevant to a complaint, allegation or investigation that is, or could become, subject to proceedings under Part XXI of the Electoral Act (electoral offences) will not be provided to any person not directly involved with the matter.

In all cases where a complaint is referred to either the Australian Federal Police (AFP) or the CDPP, the AEC will not provide any further information to the complainant until the investigating authorities advise the AEC that it is appropriate to do so. When appropriate the AEC will write to the complainant advising of its decision and actions.