2023 Fadden by-election

A by-election has been called for the Division of Fadden. There will be in-person and postal voting options available for this by-election and it is important to plan how you will cast your vote according to your personal circumstances.

Voting in-person on by-election day

You can vote at any polling place in Fadden on by-election day. Polling places are usually located at local schools, churches and community halls, or public buildings. The locations of these polling places will be available soon.

Early voting

If you are unable to cast your vote on by-election day, and are eligible, you can vote at an early voting centre or by post. For more information see where can I vote.

Postal voting

If you are unable to get to a polling place on Saturday 15 July, you can apply for a postal vote.

Accessible voting options

See voting options for people with disability or mobility restrictions for further information.

Overseas voting

For this by-election, Australian Embassies and Consulate offices overseas will not be conducting in-person voting or collecting postal votes for return to Australia. If you are a Fadden resident currently overseas, you can apply for a postal vote. All overseas postal votes will be delivered by an international courier (DHL Express) with a return satchel and waybill.

In this election, you will be completing one House of Representatives ballot paper. To vote for a Member of the House of Representatives, you are required to write the number ‘1’ in the box next to the candidate who is your first choice, and the numbers ‘2’, ‘3’ and so on against all other candidates until all the boxes have been numbered, in order of your preference.

The AEC takes the safety of our election workers and voters seriously. We have appropriate measures in place to minimise the spread of COVID-19 including:

  • Hand sanitiser will be available, and you are encouraged to bring and wear your face mask and maintain physical distance.
  • Physical distancing of 1.5m will be maintained wherever possible.
  • Every polling place will have a Hygiene Officer who’ll focus on COVID-19 safety measures such as touch point cleaning and regularly sanitising used items such as pencils.
  • There will be clean pencils available, and voters are also able to bring their own pencil or pen. Voters will be asked to deposit their used AEC pencil in the box at the exit of the polling place so that the pencils can be sanitised by the hygiene officer after every use.

When taking people’s votes in other settings, such as mobile polling at residential aged care facilities, we’ll be taking additional measures including those required by the facility. The AEC continues to monitor the COVID-19 environment and follows advice on relevant health authorities. This may result in changes to the measures put in place.

Plan your vote

We encourage all voters to plan ahead. If you don’t think you can make it to a polling place on by-election day, there are other voting options. You might be eligible to go to an early voting centre or apply for a postal vote.

If you are scheduled to attend your citizenship ceremony between 12th June 2023 and 15th July 2023 and live in the Division of Fadden, you can enrol as a new citizen by completing the provisional enrolment form.

Your completed form must be returned to the AEC by 8pm, Monday 19th June 2023.

By-election date announced

Monday 22 May 2023

Postal vote applications open

Monday 22 May 2023

Issue of writ

Monday 12 June 2023

Close of rolls

8pm Monday 19 June 2023

Close of nominations

Midday Thursday 22 June 2023

Declaration of nominations

Midday Friday 23 June 2023

Early voting starts

Monday 3 July 2023

Postal vote applications close

6pm Wednesday 12 July 2023

By-election day

Saturday 15 July 2023

Return of writ

On or before Wednesday 20 September 2023

Updated: 22 May 2023