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When can I vote?

You must be aged 18 years or older to vote in any election, whether state, federal or local government.

Who can vote?

To be eligible to vote you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • an Australian citizen
  • have lived continuously at your address for at least one month
  • be of sound mind

When can I enrol to vote?

You can enrol to vote once you turn 16 years of age however you cannot vote until you turn 18. This is called a ‘provisional’ enrolment and allows you to register before you turn 18 so that if you turn 18 after the close of the electoral rolls but before the polling day then you will be able to vote. For further information see the Australian Electoral Commission.

Do I have to enrol to vote?

Initial enrolment is not compulsory for state elections but once you are enrolled you are required to vote and keep your enrolment up to date. However it is compulsory to enrol to vote for federal elections once you turn 18.

What happens if I don’t vote after enrolling?

You will be sent an ‘Apparent Failure to Vote Notice’ asking why you did not vote. It is an offence to fail to vote and also to not respond to the notice. You can be fined if you are unable to provide a valid reason for failing to vote.

Voting  :  Last Revised: Tue Oct 27th 2015
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