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FAQ - Enrolment

Updated 26 Sep 2014

The electoral roll for the 20 October 2012 ACT election closed on 21 September 2012. If you were not on the roll on that date, you will not be able to vote at the election. If you were on the roll on 21 September for a previous address, and you are 18 or over, you will still be able to vote for that address. In fact, if you are enrolled, voting is compulsory. If you have moved address and not updated your enrolment, you should still update your enrolment in readiness for the federal election due to be held within the next year or so. You can update your enrolment at www.aec.gov.au

You are eligible to enrol to vote at ACT Legislative Assembly elections if you:
  • are 16 years of age or over; and
  • are an Australian citizen (or a British subject who was on a Commonwealth of Australia electoral roll on 25 January 1984); and
  • have lived in the ACT for at least one month.  
Note 1: You may enrol at 16 but cannot vote until you turn 18. Note 2: Residents of Jervis Bay, Wreck Bay or Norfolk Island cannot vote in ACT Legislative Assembly elections even though they can enrol for Commonwealth elections for the ACT.

You need to complete and lodge an enrolment form to enrol for the first time, or to update your enrolment after you have changed your name or address.

Enrolment forms for the ACT may be obtained from:

Yes. Australian citizens who are 18 years or older have the right to enrol and vote. In Australia the law says that if you are entitled to be enrolled then you must enrol to vote in Federal and State or Territory elections and referendums.

Enrolment forms can be faxed to either the ACT Electoral Commission or the Australian Electoral Commission. Completed forms can be scanned and forwarded to either Commission.

Yes. If you are 17 years old and otherwise entitled to enrol, you can complete an electoral enrolment form. If you turn 18 on or before polling day you will be able to vote.

If you enrolled at 16 or 17 but will not turn 18 on or before polling day, you will not be eligible to vote at the election.

You have to be an Australian citizen, and have a citizen certificate number first before you can enrol. The Department of Immigration issues certificates.

The only way to have your name appear on the electoral roll without your address is if you can show that having your address on the roll places the safety of you or your family at risk. If this is the case, then you can apply for "silent enrolment". Contact the ACT Electoral Commission or the Australian Electoral Commission for more details or an application form. You must submit a statutory declaration, signed by a Justice of the Peace, with your application.

If you cannot sign an enrolment form because of a physical disability, another person can sign on your behalf. You must obtain a doctor's certificate to show that you cannot sign your name. Contact the ACT Electoral Commission or the Australian Electoral Commission for more details or an application form.

Note: If you are enrolling in this way you may also be eligible to apply to become a registered general postal voter, which means you will automatically be sent postal ballot papers whenever an election is called so that you can vote at home.

Registration as a general postal voter means that you will automatically be sent postal voting material as soon as possible after pre-poll voting commences for each election.

You can apply for registration as a general postal voter if:

  • you are a patient in a hospital, nursing home or similar institution that is not provided with mobile polling facilities and you are too ill or infirm to travel;
  • you live at home and you are too ill or infirm to travel;
  • you are detained in lawful custody (for example, serving a prison sentence);
  • you have a physical disability which prevents you from signing your name and have provided on enrolling (or can provide) a doctor's certificate to this effect;
  • you live more than 20 km by the nearest practicable route from a polling place;
  • your address is not shown on the roll because you are a silent elector; or
  • because of your religious beliefs you are precluded from attending a polling place.

Contact the ACT Electoral Commission or the Australian Electoral Commission for more details or an application form.

If your trip is less than one year and you are returning to your enrolled address, you can register as 'temporarily absent'. Contact the ACT Electoral Commission or the Australian Electoral Commission to advise of the details of your trip. If notifying by email please include your full name, date of birth, enrolled address, and dates of departure and return (approximately if exact dates are not known). Your name will be kept on a register of temporary overseas electors.

If your trip is for longer than one year or you are not returning to your enrolled address, you may apply to register as an "eligible overseas elector", which means your name will stay on the roll while you are overseas. Contact the ACT Electoral Commission or the Australian Electoral Commission for more details or complete an eligible overseas elector form from the AEC's website. If you are enrolled in the ACT, registering as an overseas elector with the AEC will ensure you are registered as an overseas elector for ACT Legislative Assembly elections also.

Note: you must intend to return to the ACT to be eligible to vote in ACT Legislative Assembly elections.

If you are NOT already enrolled (but would be eligible if you were in Australia) and are living overseas, you may enrol from outside Australia.

You may enrol from outside Australia if you:

  • left Australia less than 2 years ago;
  • are outside Australia for your career or employment purposes or those of your spouse; and
  • intend to resume residing in Australia within 6 years of your date of their departure from Australia.

Contact the ACT Electoral Commission or the Australian Electoral Commission for more details or an application form.

If you are intending to return to your enrolled address, you are entitled to maintain your enrolment at that address. To ensure that you remain on the roll at that address while you are away, contact the ACT Electoral Commission or the Australian Electoral Commission and let us know how long you expect to be away.

If you do not intend returning to your enrolled address, you must enrol at your new address. If you have been posted overseas you may apply to be registered as an overseas elector.

If you are going to work in the Antarctic (including Heard Island, McDonald Island and Macquarie Island), you may be eligible to enrol as an "Antarctic elector". Contact the ACT Electoral Commission or the Australian Electoral Commission for more details or an application form.

If you are in the Antarctic on polling day (or in transit on a ship to or from the Antarctic) special arrangements can be made to let you vote. Because this will require the electronic transmission of individual vote details, and because of the small number of electors involved, there may be a limited loss of secrecy of individual votes. For this reason, voting in the Antarctic is not compulsory.

If you have no permanent home, you may be eligible to enrol as an "itinerant elector". Contact the ACT Electoral Commission or the Australian Electoral Commission for more details or an application form.

Yes. A person cannot enrol if:

  • because of unsound mind, he or she is incapable of understanding the nature and significance of enrolment and voting;
  • he or she has been convicted of treason and has not been pardoned; or
  • under the migration law he or she is the holder of a temporary entry permit or is an illegal entrant.

A person cannot enrol for federal elections if he or she has been convicted and is under sentence for 3 years or longer under Commonwealth, State or Territory law. However a prisoner is eligible to enrol and vote in ACT Legislative Assembly elections regardless of the length of their sentence.

An elector may be removed from the roll where a registered medical practitioner has certified in writing that the person is incapable of understanding the nature and significance of enrolment and voting because of unsound mind. You should write to the Australian Electoral Commission, providing details of the elector's full name, date of birth and enrolled address, and attaching the medical practitioner's certificate.

In time, we will receive notification of everyone who dies from Births, Deaths and Marriages, and his/her name will automatically be removed from the rolls.

Yes. The rolls for the electorates of Brindabella, Ginninderra and Molonglo are available for public inspection at the office of the ACT Electoral Commission. These rolls are updated approximately every 3 months. The roll is not available on the internet for privacy reasons.

No. Rolls cannot be purchased from the Australian Electoral Commission or the ACT Electoral Commission. The Electoral Act prohibits the selling of the roll.

If you are unsure if you are correctly enrolled, you can check your enrolment details online, via the Australian Electoral Commission's website.

Alternatively, you may contact the ACT Electoral Commission or the Australian Electoral Commission to check your enrolment details.

When making such an enquiry, you will be asked to provide all the details about your enrolment. We can only provide you with confirmation of the details you have supplied. No further information can be given.

If you are told that you are not currently enrolled for the address for which you claim enrolment, you should submit an enrolment form to update your details. You may be on the electoral roll for a previous address.

Electorate boundaries follow suburb boundaries in the ACT. Go to the "which electorate am I in?" page and find your suburb. This will tell you which electorate you are in.

Following are enrolment figures for the past 5 elections.

Number of people on the electoral roll
Electorate 2012 Election 2008 Election 2004 Election 2001 Election 1998 Election 1995 Election
Brindabella 72 368 71 394 65 279 64 020 61 042 58 327
Ginninderra 76 140 68 358 65 271 63 267 56 969 56 749
Molonglo 108 194 103 719 95 548 91 328 87 237 81 883
Total 256 702 243 471 226 098 218 615 205 248 196 959

For data on current enrolment figures, please contact Elections ACT

More details on enrolment may be obtained from the Australian Electoral Commission's site, or contact the ACT Electoral Commission.

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