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

Leaving site iconEnrol online

Leaving site iconPrint an enrolment form

Pick up an enrolment form at any Australia Post outlet or NTEC offices in Alice Springs or Darwin

Return your hardcopy form by:

  • email to ntec@nt.gov.au
  • post to NT Electoral Commission, Reply paid 2419, Darwin NT 0801 (no stamp required if posted in Australia)

Going overseas

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.

PDF document iconOverseas notification form

More information on living and working overseas can be found on the AEC's website

Leaving site iconwww.aec.gov.au

Special enrolment options

There are options for people with special needs or with specific circumstances that may affect their enrolment.