It is compulsory by law for all eligible Australian citizens to enrol for federal, State/Territory and local government (council) elections.
To vote in Federal, State/Territory and Local Government (Council) elections, you must be on the electoral roll for your current residential address. The electoral roll is a list of electors' names and addresses that is used to determine who can vote at elections.
Enrolling to vote is important as it allows you to have a say in who will represent you in Federal and Northern Territory Parliaments and your local council. Each level of government makes decisions that affect you and your community.
Eligibility for enrolment
You are eligible to enrol if you:
- are an Australian citizen, or eligible British subject;
- are aged 18 years and over;
- have lived at your address for at least one month.
If you are 16 or 17 you can enrol now so when you turn 18 you'll be able to vote.
NOTE: The NTEC uses a joint roll with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). The roll is maintained by the AEC.
Enrol to vote or change your address
If you are going overseas for a short period of time and plan to return to your address in Australia you can advise the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) of your absence. If you are unsure whether you will be returning to Australia, you may request that your name be removed from the electoral roll.
More information on living and working overseas can be found on the AEC's website
Special enrolment options
There are options for people with special needs or with specific circumstances that may affect their enrolment.
- Antarctic electors
- People physically incapable of signing their name
- General postal voters
- Long-term travellers within Australia (who will return to their permanent enrolled address)
- Norfolk Island electors
- Overseas residents or going overseas
- People with no fixed address (homeless, seasonal workers or travellers around Australia with no address to return to)
- Silent electors