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Freedom of information

Updated 10 Jun 2014

Introduction

The following statements have been compiled in accordance with the ACT's Freedom of Information Act 1989. Any enquiries regarding freedom of information should initially be directed to the Deputy Electoral Commissioner, ACT Electoral Commission.

Section 7 statement

The Chairperson of the Commission is the principal officer of the Commission for the purposes of the FOI Act in relation to functions and powers vested in the Commission.

The Electoral Commissioner is the principal officer of the office of the Electoral Commissioner for the purposes of the FOI Act in relation to functions and powers vested in the Electoral Commissioner.

Establishment and powers

The ACT Electoral Commission is an independent statutory authority established by the Electoral Act 1992.

The Commission and the Electoral Commissioner exercise powers under the Electoral Act, the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1994, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Act 2008 and the Health Professionals Act 2004.

Arrangements for external participation

There are several avenues available under the Electoral Act for external participation in electoral matters. Members of the public are invited to make submissions on proposed changes to electoral boundaries. Members of the public are also invited to lodge objections to applications for registration of political parties. An elector may object to the enrolment of a person on the ground that the person is not entitled to enrolment.

Approaches from the community on any electoral matter are welcomed by the Commission.

Documents

Extracts from the ACT electoral roll are made available for public inspection (but not purchase) without charge at the office of the Commission.

Records related to the issue of declaration votes for ACT Legislative Assembly elections are made available for public inspection (but not purchase) without charge at the office of the Commission during the relevant election period.

The following documents are available for inspection and purchase:

  • The register of political parties;
  • Annual returns of donations, expenditure and debts submitted by political parties, MLAs, associated entities and donors; and
  • Election returns of donations and expenditure submitted by political parties, candidates, broadcasters and publishers, donors and other political participants.

The documents listed on our publications page are provided free of charge.

Facilities for access

FOI requests should be directed to the Deputy Electoral Commissioner at the ACT Electoral Commission.

Section 8 statement

This statement has been compiled in accordance with section 8 of the ACT Freedom of Information Act 1989.

The following documents are used by the ACT Electoral Commission for the purposes of administering the Electoral Act 1992, the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1994 and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Act 2008.