Interstate at election time?

Updated 10 Oct 2016

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If you cannot get to a polling place on polling day because you will be interstate, there are a number of options open to you.

Pre-poll voting

Pre-poll voting is available from 27 September to 14 October 2016 at one of our pre-poll voting centres located in Canberra's major business districts:

BELCONNEN: Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court. electronic voting centreAssisted wheelchair accessAccessibility details

CANBERRA CITY: Pilgrim House, 69 Northbourne Ave. electronic voting centreAssisted wheelchair accessAccessibility details

CANBERRA CITY: Eclipse House, 197 London Circuit. electronic voting centreAssisted wheelchair accessAccessibility details

GUNGAHLIN: Gungahlin Library Conference Room 1, Hibberson St. electronic voting centreAssisted wheelchair accessAccessibility details

TUGGERANONG: Salvation Army Hall, Cnr Anketell St & Reed St North. electronic voting centreAssisted wheelchair accessAccessibility details

WODEN: Callam Offices, 58 Easty St. electronic voting centreAssisted wheelchair accessAccessibility details

Assisted wheelchair access
Full wheelchair access

Voting at pre-poll voting centres is available Monday - Thursday between 9:00am and 5:00pm and, for extended hours on Friday 14 October - 9:00am to 8:00pm.

Interstate voting centres

From 27 September 2016 until 14 October 2016, voting at interstate voting centres will be available at the capital city office of any State and Northern Territory electoral commission.  Interstate polling centres are open during normal business hours and are not open on weekends or relevant State or Territory public holidays.  

Interstate polling centres are NOT open on polling day (15 October 2016).

Please follow the links to the electoral commission’s website below for contact details.

New South Wales: NSW Electoral Commission, Level 25, 201 Kent Street, SYDNEY. Assisted wheelchair access

Northern Territory: Northern Territory Electoral Commission, Level 3, TCG Centre, 80 Mitchell Street, DARWIN. Assisted wheelchair access

Queensland: Electoral Commission Queensland, Level 6 Forestry House, 160 Mary St, BRISBANE. Assisted wheelchair access

South Australia: Electoral Commission of South Australia, Level 6, 60 Light Square, ADELAIDE. Assisted wheelchair access

Tasmania: Tasmanian Electoral Commission, Level 3, TasWater Centre, 169 Main Road, MOONAH. Assisted wheelchair access

Victoria: Victorian Electoral Commission, Level 11, 530 Collins Street, MELBOURNE. Assisted wheelchair access

Western Australia: Western Australian Electoral Commission, Level 2 AXA Centre, 111 St George's Terrace, PERTH. Assisted wheelchair access

Assisted wheelchair access
Full wheelchair access

Postal voting

You can apply for a postal vote online or you can call and apply over the phone on (02) 6205 0033.

Application forms are also available at any ACT Post office, ACT public library, Access Canberra shopfronts at Dickson and Woden or online at Access Canberra shopfronts in Belconnen, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong.  If you are applying using the paper postal vote application, please scan and email the completed form to postalvotes@act.gov.au or fax it to 02 6205 0382.

When applying for a postal vote, it is important to apply as early as you can to ensure your ballot papers reach you on time.

If you have not yet applied for a postal vote and you are interstate, your application must be received by 5pm on Thursday 13 October 2016. You can still pre-poll in person at the capital city office of the local  state electoral commission or the Northern Territory Electoral Commission during normal business hours until 5.00pm on Friday 14 October 2016.

If you have not yet applied for a postal vote and you are in the ACT, your application must be received by 5.00pm on Thursday 13 October 2016. You can still pre-poll in person at any of the six pre-poll voting centres located in the ACT. These are open Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm and for extended hours on Friday 14 October from 9am to 8pm.

It is important that the postal address you provide on the application form is an address where ballot papers will reach you up to 14 October 2016.

To be counted, you must have voted on or before 15 October and your postal vote must reach Elections ACT by Friday 21 October 2016.

Unable to postal vote or pre-poll?

If you are unable to make it to a pre-poll voting centre and a postal vote does not suit your circumstances, it is important that you contact Elections ACT before polling day to let us know you will not be able to vote.  If you have a valid and sufficient reason for failing to vote, you will not be fined.