If you wish to vote in a federal election while overseas you must be enrolled to vote.
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.
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.
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.
If you are currently enrolled, you can apply online for a postal vote immediately after an election is announced.
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.
No, you cannot vote online.