Making your vote count is vital – in any language

Updated: 6 May 2019

The Australian Electoral Commission has a range of information and services to help voters from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds take part in the 18 May federal election.

The Electoral Commissioner, Mr Tom Rogers, said it was crucial all voters understood the electoral process and had the chance to cast a valid vote.

“Federal elections are huge and complex operations – the biggest peacetime logistical event held in Australia on a regular basis,” Mr Rogers said.

“More than 16.4 million Australians are enrolled to vote in the election and, so, play a tangible role in shaping the new parliament and the future of the country.

Official guide Stop and consider Election communication products

Images: Examples of translated AEC communication for the 2019 federal election

“Providing information to assist voters from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds is an important part of the AEC’s effort to ensure every eligible Australian has the opportunity to have their vote counted.”

Translations of key AEC 2019 election material – the Official Guide, the How to make your vote count factsheet and the Stop and Consider campaign about checking the source of information – are available in 29 languages and can be printed.

The AEC distributes translated information through in-language media – both paid and unpaid as well as through culturally and linguistically diverse community groups.

Other AEC initiatives to help CALD voters include:

  • a telephone interpreting service on 1300 720 153
  • the AEC federal election advertising campaign includes a comprehensive in-language component across digital, broadcast and press channels
  • Easy Read guides on how to vote by mail, and
  • Voter Information Officers at selected polling booths.
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