The procedures for voting are different for:
- State Government Elections and Referenda
- Local Government Elections and Referenda
- Union and Other Elections and Referenda
Who can vote?
State Elections & Referenda
It is compulsory to vote in Australia at all State elections and referenda.
You can vote as long as you are:
- enrolled and
- 18 years of age or over.
Local Government Postal Elections & Referenda
Only those who are correctly enrolled can vote in any election. For local government elections, you need to be a resident, or a non-resident owner or non-resident occupier of rateable property. See Enrolling to Vote for more information.
Residents who are enrolled on the state roll are automatically enrolled on the local government roll. If you are a resident and would like to check that you are enrolled for your current address, you can do so by using our on-line facility.
Non-resident owners and non-resident occupiers of rateable property are not automatically enrolled. Contact your local government to check that you are enrolled or to apply to enrol.