The AEC must provide electoral roll data to a range of persons and organisations who are entitled to receive data (entitled entities) under section 90B of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Electoral Act). These include members of the House of Representatives (MPs), senators and political parties, candidates at federal elections and state/territory electoral authorities.
In addition, the AEC may provide some electoral roll data to other persons and organisations such as prescribed authorities and medical researchers in certain circumstances.
Candidates in a federal election
Medical research or a health screening program
Document Verification Service (DVS)
Contact the Roll Products and Services team for further information by email email@example.com or phone 02 6271 4696.
The remaining FAQs refer to the entitlements of members of the House of Representatives (MPs), senators and political parties and the use of an online system, Electoral Roll Access (ERA) to access electoral roll data.
Electoral Roll Access (ERA) is the AEC’s secure online system that allows MPs, senators and political parties to access electoral roll data that they are entitled to. You can find out about ERA at Electoral roll data entitlement.
ERA contains an extract of the electoral roll data for each division, state or territory that an MP, senator or registered political party is entitled to. This extract includes:
Each release of electoral roll data contains enough information to generate a list of new electors (since the previous data release) for a specific electoral area.
No, the AEC is not permitted to provide electronic contact details of electors, including telephone numbers and emails, to ERA users.
The data is updated approximately on a monthly basis. It is also updated immediately following a redistribution of federal boundaries or the close of rolls for a federal election. The AEC will update the ERA Release Schedule around every six months. (The release schedule is subject to change.)
An email is sent to all ERA users when new files, with updated data, are available for download.
No, a party registered with a state or territory electoral commission, or a member of a state parliament, cannot access the Commonwealth Electoral Roll. The data is only available to federal MPs, senators and federally registered parties.
Parties registered with a state or territory electoral commission and members of state parliaments may be entitled to access their state Electoral Roll. The AEC does not manage this access. Contact the relevant state or territory electoral commission for more information.