Federal Election 2019
The 2019 federal election will be held on Saturday 18 May 2019.
Polling places open at 8am and close at 6pm sharp.
Is voting compulsory?
Yes voting is compulsory for every Australian citizen aged 18 years or older. If you do not vote and do not have a valid and sufficient reason for failing to vote a penalty is imposed. For further information see Compulsory Voting.
What happens if I do not vote?
Initially the Australian Electoral Commission will write to all apparent non-voters requesting that they either provide a reason for their failure to vote or pay a $20 penalty. If within 21 days the apparent non-voter fails to reply cannot provide a valid and sufficient reason or declines to pay the penalty then prosecution proceedings may be instigated. If the matter is dealt with in court and the person is found guilty he or she may be fined up to $50 plus court costs.
Read Common Election Questions
Ways to vote?
An ordinary vote is a vote cast by an elector at a polling place or at an early voting centre within the division for which they are enrolled. This is the simplest way to vote and the method used by the majority of electors.
A list of polling places will be available during a federal election.
An absent vote is a vote cast by an elector out of their home division but still within their home state or territory on election day.
You can vote early either in person or by post if on election day you:
are outside the electorate where you are enrolled to vote
are more than 8km from a polling place
are unable to leave your workplace to vote
are seriously ill infirm or due to give birth shortly (or caring for someone who is)
are a patient in hospital and can't vote at the hospital
have religious beliefs that prevent you from attending a polling place
are in prison serving a sentence of less than three years or otherwise detained
are a silent elector
have a reasonable fear for your safety.
Early vote in person
You can vote in person at an early voting centre or any AEC divisional office in the weeks leading to the election.
A list of early voting centres will be available during the federal election.
Early vote by post
Apply for a postal vote
Interstate vote on election day
An interstate vote can be cast on election day at interstate voting centres by electors who are not in their home state or territory.
For federal elections electors who are overseas can vote in person at an overseas voting centre (most Australian embassies or missions) or by post.
How to vote while overseas
Further information for overseas electors
A provisional vote is cast in circumstances where an elector's name cannot be found on the roll or the name has already been marked off the roll. The vote cannot be counted until a careful check of enrolment records and entitlements has been made.
Electors making an absent postal early (not in own division) interstate or provisional vote must complete a declaration envelope giving their personal details. This will be checked by divisional staff before the votes are counted.
AEC mobile polling teams visit many electors who are not able to get to a polling place. Mobile polling facilities are set up in some hospitals nursing homes prisons and remote areas of Australia. Mobile polling is carried out around Australia prior to election day and on election day.
How to vote if you are blind or have low vision
Voters who are blind or have low vision have the options of:
casting a vote over the telephone from any location
casting a vote with assistance at any polling place or by post
Where to vote?
Click Here to view Electorates & Voting Stations. You will need to know your electorate. Search by Post Code
When & Where
Date/s: Saturday 18th May 2019 - Saturday 25th May 2019
Times: 8am - 6pm
Web Links→ Federal Election 2019
→ Australian Electoral Commission | www.aec.gov.au
→ Find my electorate
→ Voting in Victoria
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