Federal Elections and Overseas Voting
Australia’s electoral laws do not allow for online voting.
Voting while overseas
Each election has an enrolment deadline that occurs approximately a week after an election is announced. If you are not correctly enrolled by this deadline, you may not be able to vote.
You cannot enrol with an overseas address. You must enrol in the electoral division you were entitled to enrol in before you left Australia.
Please visit the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website for information and procedures for overseas voting eligibility and forms. The AEC's Twitter account @AusElectoralCom provides regular updates on the administration of federal elections. Voters can also check their current electoral enrolment online.
Registering as an overseas voter
If you are already enrolled to vote and are living overseas or plan to be overseas at the time of an election, you may register as an overseas voter.
You will receive a postal voting pack that includes all the information you need to complete your ballot papers and return them to the AEC.
Once you receive your postal voting pack, complete and return your ballot papers as soon as possible. The AEC can only legally accept ballot papers into the count up to 13 days after election day – the sooner you complete and send your postal vote, the more likely it can be counted.
If you are unable to vote
Voting in a federal election is not compulsory for Australians overseas.
If you are unable to vote, you should complete and submit an overseas notification form.
If you do not inform the AEC, the AEC will write to you asking you to explain why you did not vote.
State and Territory Elections
Please contact your state or territory electoral authority for information about registering and voting in a state/territory elections while overseas.
- Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
- New South Wales (NSW)
- Northern Territory (NT)
- Queensland (QLD)
- South Australia (SA)
- Tasmania (TAS)
- Victoria (VIC)
- Western Australia (WA)
Voting at the Australian Consulate-General in Noumea
In the event, the Australian Consulate-General in Noumea is open for in-person votes or for the collection of postal votes, information will be posted at the top of this page.