Frequently asked questions - enrolment | NTEC

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 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

Learn more on our check your enrolment information page.

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

The Northern Territory Electoral Commission uses a joint roll with the Australian Electoral Commission. The roll is maintained by the Australian Electoral Commission. You only need to complete one form to enrol yourself for all levels of government in the Northern Territory.

The Australian Electoral Commission acknowledges your enrolment by sending you a confirmation email or letter. When using the online enrolment facility you are provided with a receipt number that you can use to check the progress of your enrolment.

Have your receipt number handy and click on the following link.

Direct enrolment and update

Laws passed by the Australian Parliament allow the Australian Electoral Commission 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. Therefore it's important you maintain your electoral enrolment details each time you move.

Find out more information on direct enrolment at the Australian Electoral Commission's website.

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.

Find out more information about registering as a silent elector on the Australian Electoral Commission's website.

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 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 Australian Electoral Commission's website.

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 3 months before, or within 3 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 advise the Australian Electoral Commission 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 Australian Electoral Commission's website.

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 Australian Electoral Commission office to inform them of your absence from your permanent address to make sure you are not removed from the electoral roll.

Contact your local Australian Electoral Commission office on 13 23 26

More information on long-term travellers can be found on the Australian Electoral Commission's website.

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 (itinerant voter).

You are eligible to enrol as a itinerant voter if you are:

  • 18 years or older
  • An Australian citizen or a British subject who was on a Commonwealth roll on 25 January 1984
  • Itinerant and don’t have a real place of living. That is a place to which you intend to return to live, even if you are temporarily living somewhere else, or
  • Homeless. If you are living in crisis or transitional accommodation or if you have inadequate access to safe and secure housing.

More information can be found on the Australian Electoral Commission's website.

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

No, you are only eligible to enrol in Australia if you:

  • are an Australian citizen, or eligible British subject;
  • are aged 18 years and over; and
  • have lived at your address for at least one month.

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.

The electoral roll is not available for purchase.

Locations in the Northern Territory

  • Australian Electoral Commission office - Level 7, TCG Centre, 80 Mitchell Street, Darwin NT 0800.
  • NT Electoral Commission office - Level 3, TCG Centre, 80 Mitchell Street, Darwin NT 0800.

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.

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 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.

You can apply to be registered as a silent elector if you believe having your address included on the publicly available electoral roll could put you or your family’s safety at risk.

Find out more information about registering as a silent elector on the Australian Electoral Commission's website.