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Elections and Overseas Voting

Elections and voting abroad

Enrolment for Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

On 10 August the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) announced that it will request information from all Australians on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll, as to their views on whether or not the law should be changed to allow same sex couples to marry.

To participate in the voluntary Survey, Australian citizens aged 18 years and over need to be registered on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll by 6pm (local Australian time) on Thursday 24 August 2017.   The ABS will deliver the survey and publish the results by 15 November.

To receive a Survey form the ABS has urged all Australian citizens aged 18 years and over, including those living overseas, to enrol or check their details by visiting the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website at www.aec.gov.au/Enrolling_to_vote/overseas

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has launched an Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey Information Line: (+61) 1800 572 113. The Information Line is open seven days a week, 8am to 8pm (AEST).

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.