FAQ - Enrolment

Updated 29 Sep 2016

The electoral roll for the 2016 ACT Legislative Assembly election is now closed.

It is now too late to enrol for the first time or to update your enrolment details for this election.

If you are still on the roll for your old address, and that address is within the ACT, then you must vote for that address at the 2016 ACT election. You can cast your vote at any polling place in the ACT.

Although it is too late to take effect for the 2016 ACT election, you should  enrol or update your enrolment as soon as possible. You can so this 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.

You can do this:

  • Online at the AEC's website or in  Access Canberra shopfronts in Belconnen, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong; or
  • By completing a paper form.

Paper forms are available from:

Note: It is now too late to enrol for the first time or to update your enrolment ready for the ACT Legislative Assembly election on 15 October 2016.

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 or hand delivered to either the ACT Electoral Commission or the Australian Electoral Commission. Completed forms can also be scanned and emailed to either Commission.  The electoral roll for the ACT Legislative Assembly election on 15 October 2016 closed at 8pm on Friday 16 September 2016.

Yes. If you are 17 years old and otherwise entitled to enrol, you can complete an electoral enrolment form. If you lodged your enrolment form on or before 8pm on 16 September 2016, and you turn 18 on or before polling day, you will be able to vote either on polling day or during the pre-poll voting period from 17 September to 14 October 2016.

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 and Border Protection 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 caring for a seriously ill or infirm person;
  • 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 upon enrolling (or can provide) a doctor's certificate to this effect;
  • You live more than 20 kilometres by the nearest practicable route from a polling place;
  • You are registered as an overseas elector;
  • Your address is not shown on the roll because you are a silent elector;
  • Your religious beliefs prevent you from attending a polling place;.
  • You are a member of the defence forces, or a defence civilian serving outside Australia; or
  • You are an Australian Federal Police officer or staff member serving outside Australia.

For more details or access to an application form go to the AEC's General Postal Voter information.

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 a Registration as an 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 3 years ago;
  • Are an Australian citizen aged 18 years or older; and
  • Intend to resume residing in Australia within 6 years of the date of your departure from Australia.

You cannot enrol for an overseas address. Instead you must enrol in the electorate you were entitled to enrol in before you left 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 a person with no fixed address. For further information visit the Australian Electoral Commission's website.

This category of enrolment does not apply to long term travellers within Australia who have a permanent address they intend to return to. For further information about enrolment in this situation, visit the AEC's information page.

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 using the Objection claim form, 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 roll is available for public inspection at the office of the ACT Electoral Commission. The roll is updated approximately every month. 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.

Unfortunately Elections ACT is unable to provide a roll searching service, or undertake research about current and past residents of Australia.

The ACT Electoral Roll is a public document and can be viewed in person at Elections ACT's office. If you are interested in viewing the electoral roll for areas outside of the ACT, then you can do so electronically at the Australian Electoral Commission's Divisional Office of Canberra and Fenner.  You may not copy, record or photograph any information from the electoral roll with any electronic device.

Full sets of historical electoral rolls are held as part of the collection at the National Library of Australia and at the State Library in each Australian State.  Further information is available from the National Library’s website.  The National Library also provides a list of private researchers.

You may also like to contact the Salvation Army Family Tracing Service.

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 2016 Election 2012 Election 2008 Election 2004 Election 2001 Election 1998 Election 1995 Election
Molonglo* 108 194103 71995 54891 32887 23781 883
Brindabella 53 614 72 368 71 394 65 279 64 020 61 042 58 327
Ginninderra 54 585 76 140 68 358 65 271 63 267 56 969 56 749
Kurrajong59 010      
Murrumbidgee57 058      
Yerrabi58 895      
Total 283 162 256 702 243 471 226 098 218 615 205 248 196 959

* Molonglo no longer features as an electorate for ACT Legislative Assembly elections following the redistribution conducted prior to the 2016 ACT election .

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.