To vote in Australia, you need to be enrolled to vote.
This means you go on a list of voters. This is called the electoral roll.
You can enrol to vote at any time if you:
- are 16 years of age or older (but you cannot vote until you turn 18)
- are an Australian citizen
- have lived at your current address for at least a month
You must enrol to vote before the electoral roll closes. For federal elections, this will be one week after the election is announced.
You can check if you are enrolled on the AEC website. Once you are enrolled through the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), you are enrolled to vote in federal elections and your relevant state, territory and local government elections.