Organisation : Australian Electoral Commission (aec.gov.au)
Facility : Enroll Online
Country : Australia
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Enrol to vote :
** To enrol for the first time or get back on the roll, you can enrol online.
** You will need to provide evidence of your identity.
** You can use your driver’s licence, Australian passport number or have someone who is enrolled confirm your identity.
** It is compulsory by law for all eligible Australian citizens to enrol and vote in federal elections, by-elections and referendums.
You are eligible to enrol if you:
** are an Australian citizen, or eligible British subject,
** aged 18 years and over, and
** have lived at your address for at least one month.
If you are 16 or 17 you can enrol now so when you turn 18 you’ll be able to vote
Enrol to vote or update your details :
Step 1: Enrolment
Step 2: State or Territory
Step 3: Citizenship
Step 4: Evidence of identity
Step 5: Name
Step 6: Personal details
Step 7: Current residential address
Step 8: Postal address
Step 9: Contact details
Step 10: Declaration
Step 11: Submit
** Final step
When you finish enrolling online, don’t forget to close your browser to protect your privacy.
Other ways you can enrol :
** try the single-page online form
** complete and print a PDF form then return it to the AEC
** pick up a form at any AEC office, Australia Post outlet, or at any Medicare or Centrelink service centre and return to the AEC.
Special enrolment options :
There are special enrolment forms and/or information for:
** silent electors
** general postal voters
** no fixed address
** overseas or going overseas
** physically incapable of signing
** Norfolk Island electors
** working in Antarctica
** people with a disability
Is voting compulsory?
Yes, under federal electoral law, it is compulsory for all eligible Australian citizens to enrol and vote in federal elections, by-elections and referendums.
What happens if I do not vote?
After each election, the AEC will send a letter to all apparent non-voters requesting that they either provide a valid and sufficient reason for failing to vote or pay a $20 penalty. If, within the time period specified on the notice, you fail to reply, cannot provide a valid and sufficient reason or decline to pay the $20 penalty, then the matter may be referred to a court. If the matter is dealt with in court and you are found guilty, you may be fined up to $170 plus court costs and a criminal conviction may be recorded against you.
Why did I receive an apparent failure to vote notice?
You will receive a letter from the Australian Electoral Commission if according to our records you did not vote at a federal election. If you did vote, you should respond to the letter before the due date.
What is a valid and sufficient reason for not voting?
It is at the discretion of the Divisional Returning Officer for each electorate to determine what is a valid and sufficient reason for not voting.