Update: Australian Federal Election 2022
The federal election was held on 21 May 2022.
The AEC is working day and night to ensure postal votes are counted as soon as possible. You’re encouraged to return your vote as soon as possible.
Your postal vote must be completed and witnessed by 6pm Western Australian time on 21 May to be counted. The AEC can only accept ballot papers received in Australia by 3 June 2022.
You can send your postal vote directly to the AEC in Australia. Alternatively, you may be able to send it or drop it off at an Australian embassy, high commission or consulate which will return your postal vote to the AEC on your behalf. See the list of locations on the AEC website and the relevant embassy, high commission or consulate website for more detail.
Voting while overseas is not compulsory. If you can't vote because you're overseas, you'll need to advise the AEC on an overseas notification form.
Summary of important dates
- 9 May 2022 –in-person early voting starts
- 18 May 2022 – postal vote applications close
- 21 May 2022 – election day
- 3 June 2022 – last day for votes to be received
For more information on how to vote, visit the AEC website.