Record enrolment sets Australia apart

Updated: 19 April 2022

More than 17.2 million Australians will be enrolled for the upcoming 2022 federal election.

Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said that following yesterday’s enrolment deadline more than 96 per cent of eligible Australians will again be enrolled following a record high in 2019.

“Yesterday was the biggest single day of enrolment in Australian history with 214,000 enrolment applications received – an unmitigated success for the election and Australian democracy,” Mr Rogers said.

“We can’t confirm a final figure just yet but with more than 700,000 enrolment applications received this week, the remarkable state of the roll in Australia is something that is simply not seen in most places around the world,“ Mr Rogers said.

“Quite frankly it is a modern democratic miracle.”

“Our enrolment teams worked through easter and have continued to implement processes and systems that ensure Australian enrolment is not just world leading but also secure. We had almost 1000 staff working in our offices all around Australia over the easter weekend, making sure we could meet this extraordinary demand.”

“The systems operated smoothly and securely under the load and Australia now has the highest base for democratic participation it has ever had.”

“Australians should feel great pride in this achievement and confidence that it sets the foundation for election results to reflect the will of the people.”

Youth enrolment also up

Tens of thousands of young Australians acted this week to be ready to vote.

“The majority of people who have enrolled to vote since the election was announced are young Australians aged 18 to 24,” Mr Rogers said.

Final enrolment figures will be available in the coming days.