Australian Electoral Commission

How to vote while overseas

Updated: 18 September 2015

Contact the AEC from overseas

+61 2 6160 2600

If you wish to vote in a federal election while overseas you must be enrolled to vote.

Canning by-election

If you will be overseas on by-election day and will be unable to vote, you should complete an overseas notification form

It is now too late to apply for a postal vote for the Canning by-election. You should complete your postal vote on or before by-election day and post it back to the AEC as soon as possible. You only have until Friday 2 October 2015 for your postal vote to be received by the AEC.

Arrangements for state and local government elections are different so you will need to contact your state/territory electoral office for more details.

How can I find out when the next federal election is announced?

If you subscribe to the AEC mailing list you will receive an email to let you know when federal elections or referendums are announced. This page is also updated on announcement of an election.

How do I vote in person?

The AEC sets up early voting centres at some Australian airports before election day so if you are currently enrolled you might be able to vote before you leave the country.

How do I vote by post?

If you are currently enrolled, you can apply online for a postal vote immediately after an election is announced.

I am unable to vote, what should I do?

If you are unable to vote you should complete and submit an Overseas Notification form [PDF 55KB].

If you do not inform the AEC, we will write to you asking you to explain why you did not vote. If you explain you were overseas on election day, you will not be fined.

Can I vote online?

No, you cannot vote online.

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