If you'll be overseas on the day of an Australian election, you can still have your say.
For federal elections you can register for a postal vote, or cast your vote at some Australian embassies and consulates overseas. At some, you may also be able to vote in state and territory elections.
Voting is mandatory for Australians. However, being overseas is a valid reason for not voting.
If you can't vote because you're overseas, you'll need to advise the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).
Check your enrolment
If an election is announced while you're overseas, check with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC):
- the enrolment deadlines
- your enrolment
- your details on the electoral roll
To vote while overseas, you must be on the electoral roll. To check which electorate you live in, use the Find My Electorate tool.
For state and territory elections, also check your state or territory electoral commission's website for information.
Voting at an Australian embassy or consulate
You can vote early at some Australian embassies or consulates overseas. Closer to the election day the AEC will provide a list of embassies and consulates where you can vote.
Not all embassies or consulates can take votes and the process can vary in different locations. Contact your nearest embassy or consulate to find out:
- their opening dates and hours for voting
- if you need to make an appointment to vote
- their security or entry requirements, especially in high-risk locations
Before visiting an Australian embassy or consulate to vote, check your enrolment details. You need to know which Australian address you're enrolled at to get the correct ballot papers.
Voting by post
If you're overseas, you may be able to vote by post. You must register with the AEC to be a postal voter. Each state and territory has a different application form.
See the AEC's information on voting by post.
- See our Consular Services Charter to see what services we can provide Australians overseas.
- See our advice about living and working overseas.
- We provide contact details for our embassies and consulates in our travel advisories.