Elections are an opportunity for you to have a say about who makes decisions on your behalf in the Parliament, and to influence which party will become the next Government.
The Government makes important decisions about issues that may affect you, your family, your neighbourhood and your community. So, make sure you know what the different political parties stand for, and vote for the candidates that best represent your views.
Why your voice in elections is important
Women make up 51 % of Australia’s population
49 % of Australians were either born overseas or have at least one parent born overseas
The number of women voters from migrant and refugee backgrounds is substantial, and you should expect politicians to represent the issues that are important to you and your community.
In Australia, elections are fair and independent
You should vote:
- Anonymously (without anyone knowing who you voted for); and
- Freely (without anyone telling you who you must vote for).
Voting is compulsory
You must vote in the election. It is both your right and your responsibility as an Australian citizen. So, take the time to think about what issues matter to you most, and how you can best use your vote.
Get to know the candidates in your electorate
- What issues do they care about?
- What policies do they promise to put in place?
- What party do they represent?
- What actions will the party take if they become the Government?
Think about these issues for yourself. You should make this decision on your own. Not even your parents, your partner or your children should tell you who you must vote for – this is a decision you should make independently.