Frequently asked questions

Enrolment

Can I check my current electoral enrolment online?

Yes. You can check your current electoral enrolment by using the 'check my enrolment' facility on the Australian Electoral Commission's (AEC) website.

You will need to enter the following information exactly as it appears on the electoral roll:

  • Given name/s
  • Family name
  • Postcode
  • Suburb or locality
  • Street name

More information: Check my enrolment

How do I know if my electoral enrolment has been updated?

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) maintains the electoral roll. When your details are updated, an acknowledgment letter is mailed to you. This letter is proof of your enrolment and shows your federal division, your NT Legislative Assembly division and your NT local government (council) area.

If you do not receive an acknowledgment within three weeks of lodging an enrolment form, please contact the AEC by calling 13 23 26.

You only need to complete one enrolment form for enrol for federal, state/Territory and local government (council) elections.

Direct enrolment and update

New laws passed by the Australian Parliament allow the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to directly enrol you or update your details on the electoral roll based on information from other government agencies. Direct enrolment and update does not affect everyone. You can enrol or update your details online. More information about direct enrolment and update.

I need to keep my address private, what can I do?

You can apply to register as a silent elector if you believe having your address on the electoral roll would put you or your family's safety at risk.

If you are granted silent elector status only your name is shown on the publicly available electoral roll.

More information: www.aec.gov.au

I'm going overseas for a holiday, what happens to my electoral enrolment?

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: www.aec.gov.au

I'm going overseas to live/work, what happens to my electoral enrolment?

If you are going overseas and are intending to return to Australia within six years you can register as an overseas elector. If you are already enrolled, you can apply up to three months before, or within three years after, you leave Australia.

If you are going overseas for a short period of time and plan to return to your address in Australia you can notify the AEC of your travel dates.

More information: www.aec.gov.au

I'm travelling within Australia, what happens to my electoral enrolment?

If you're travelling around Australia for an extended period, but intend to return to your permanent address, you can contact your local AEC office to inform them of your absence from your permanent address to make sure you are not removed from the electoral roll.

More information: www.aec.gov.au

I don't have a permanent address, can I enrol to vote?

If you are an Australian citizen 18 years or over, and have no real place of living, you may be eligible to enrol as a person with no fixed address.

You can apply if you are:

  • itinerant – that is, living somewhere temporarily but do not have a place you intend to return to live
  • homeless with no access to safe and secure housing
  • homeless and living in crisis or transitional accommodation.

More information: www.aec.gov.au

I'm not an Australian citizen, but I have permanent residency. Can I enrol to vote?

No. 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.

Where can I view the electoral roll?

The public can inspect an electronic version of the roll at any electoral office. The electoral roll (containing names and addresses) does not contain your date of birth or contact details such as phone number or email address. There is no charge for searching the electronic version of the roll.

NOTE: The electoral roll is not available for purchase.

Locations in the NT

  • AEC office - Level 7 | TCG Centre | 80 Mitchell St | DARWIN NT 0800
  • NTEC office - Level 3 | TCG Centre | 80 Mitchell St | DARWIN NT 0800
  • NTEC office - MyVote Central | Yeperenye Centre | Hartley St | ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870

Who has access to my electoral enrolment information?

The public can inspect an electronic version of the roll at any electoral office. The electoral roll (containing names and addresses) does not contain your date of birth or contact details such as phone number or email address. There is no charge for searching the electronic version of the roll.

NOTE: The electoral roll is not available for purchase.

Under federal law, members of parliament, registered political parties and certain Commonwealth agencies can access enrolment information that is not publicly available.

Under Northern Territory law, enrolment details of Territorians are made available to:

  • members of the NT Legislative Assembly and registered political parties
  • the Sherriff for the preparation of jury rolls
  • approved medical research programs.

I need to keep my address private.

If you believe having your address on the electoral roll would put you or your family's safety at risk, you can apply to register as a silent elector

More information: www.aec.gov.au