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Elections and Overseas Voting

Elections and voting abroad

 

2017 Bennelong by-election

A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Bennelong in New South Wales will be held on Saturday 16 December 2017.

You can check if you are enrolled in the Division of Bennelong, enrol or update your enrolment details at www.aec.gov.au/enrol. The deadline to enrol is 8pm AEDT Monday 20 November 2017.

In-person voting will not be available outside of Australia for this by-election. If you will be overseas on by-election day, you can apply for a postal vote or you can vote in person in Australia before you go.

You can apply for a postal vote by completing a ‘Postal Vote Application’ on the AEC website. You should ensure that you apply for a postal vote as soon as possible to allow enough time for the ballot papers to reach you overseas before by-election day.

For more information, visit the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au/Bennelong or contact the AEC via email (info@aec.gov.au) or telephone +61 2 6113 4777 or +61 2 6160 2600.

 

Overseas for a short period of time?

If you are overseas for a short period of time and plan to return to your address in Australia you may still vote by:

  • if you are already enrolled, submitting a completed “Overseas notification form”
  • if you are not enrolled, submitting a completed “Enrol to vote for federal elections from outside Australia” form.

The forms are available on the AEC website at http://www.aec.gov.au/Enrolling_to_vote/overseas/index.htm.

Living or working overseas?

If you are overseas and are intending to return to Australia within six years you can register as an overseas elector.

  • If you are already enrolled, you can apply to be an overseas elector up to three months before, or within three years after, you leave Australia by submitting a completed “Registration as an overseas elector” form.
  • If you are not enrolled, and have been overseas for less than three years, you may still be eligible to enrol if you are an Australian citizen aged 18 years or older and intend to return to Australia within six years by submitting a completed “Enrol to vote for federal elections from outside Australia” form.
  • The forms are available on the AEC website at http://www.aec.gov.au/Enrolling_to_vote/overseas/index.htm.

Moved overseas indefinitely?

Please visit the AEC website for more information at http://www.aec.gov.au/Enrolling_to_vote/overseas/index.htm.

 

Any other questions? Please visit the AEC and ABS website at: www.aec.gov.au/Enrolling_to_vote/overseas and http://www.abs.gov.au/.

 

General Information

The latest information regarding upcoming Australian elections and registration requirements whilst overseas may be found on the Australian Electoral Commission website.