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Voting FAQs

May 18, 2022

Where can You vote on election day

For information on where you can vote click here

For Infomation on whether your local polling center has a BBQ click here

For Information on how to vote click here


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 travelling
  • 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 or wellbeing.

In person at an early voting centre

If you can’t get to a polling place on election day you can vote at an early voting centre in Australia.

If you’re overseas

If you’re overseas during the federal election period, you may be able to vote at an overseas voting centre or by post.

Postal voting

You are eligible to apply for a postal vote if you are unable to get to a polling place on election day.

AEC mobile voting

AEC mobile polling teams visit many voters who are not able to get to a polling place. Mobile polling teams will visit some residential care facilities and remote areas of Australia. Mobile polling is carried out around Australia during the election period.

Telephone voting

Telephone voting for people who are blind or have low vision

At the 2022 federal election, voters who are blind or have low vision can cast a vote using our dedicated phone service from any location.

Need assistance to vote?

Voters living with a disability may also be eligible to cast their vote by post, or can vote with assistance at a polling place. For information on assistance available:

Voting on election day

You can vote at any polling place in your state or territory on election day. Polling places are usually located at local schools, churches and community halls, or public buildings.

Travelling interstate?

If on election day you are outside the state or territory where you are enrolled, you will need to vote at an interstate voting centre.


What if I need assistance to Vote

Assistance is provided if the polling official in charge of the polling place is satisfied that you are unable to vote without help. The following electors may seek help:

  • the elderly;
  • people with a disability (including visual impairment);
  • non-literate people;
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Polling staff are trained on how to assist you.

You can nominate any person (except a candidate) to assist. This person could be a friend or relative, a Scrutineer or a party worker. If you do not nominate someone, then the polling official in charge will provide assistance.

If the polling official in charge is the one providing assistance, Scrutineers have the right to be present while the ballot papers are filled in.

If assistance is being provided by a person nominated by you, you and the nominated assistant enter an unoccupied polling booth. The assistant helps to complete, fold and deposit the ballot paper in the ballot box. In this situation Scrutineers ARE NOT allowed to enter the polling booth while the ballot paper is being completed.

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