About Us

The AEC maintains an impartial and independent electoral system for eligible voters through active electoral roll management, efficient delivery of polling services and targeted education and public awareness programs.

The role of the Australian Electoral Commission is – to deliver the franchise: that is, an Australian citizen's right to vote, as established by the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.

Between 1973 and 1984 the Australian Electoral Commission was known as the Australian Electoral Office and was first established as a branch of the Department of Home Affairs in 1902.

On 21 February 1984 following major amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 the Australian Electoral Commission was established as an independent statutory authority.

FAQs
Is it compulsory to enrol?
Yes it is compulsory for all Australian citizens who have turned 18 and have lived at their residential address for a period of one month, to enrol and maintain their enrolment.
Can I be enrolled if I haven't completed an enrolment form?
Yes. Electoral laws provide for the AEC to directly enrol or update your address on the electoral roll based on information received from other government agencies. The AEC has a series of comprehensive checks in place to confirm if you are eligible to enrol and that you live at a particular address. This process will not affect everyone and it remains your responsibility to enrol to vote and keep your enrolment details up-to-date.
What enrolment information is provided to political parties?
In line with the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, the AEC may provide the name, address and gender of electors to prescribed authorities. The AEC does not disclose the contact details of electors. The AEC has no knowledge of where or how a registered political party obtains telephone numbers of electors.
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.
Can I vote electronically?
No. The AEC conducts federal elections in accordance with the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918. The introduction of Electronic voting would require legislative change, which is a matter for Parliament.
Why work at elections?
Elections are a fundamental part of our democratic process in Australia. Every person working at a federal election makes a valuable contribution to Australia’s democracy. The AEC is focused on delivering trusted, reliable, high quality and high integrity federal elections and other electoral events. Working at elections offers: competitive pay rates, on the job training and support, a unique work experience, an opportunity to engage with the community, make new friends and expand your networks.