AEC commercial election services (fee-for-service)

Updated: 23 February 2017

The AEC can plan and conduct the entire election or ballot process, ensuring a fair electoral system and maintaining a secret ballot. The AEC requires that any potential client agrees to the AEC's minimum standards. The minimum standards are:

  1. The ballot will conducted as a secret ballot.
  2. The AEC will only conduct an Election or Ballot in its entirety, from announcement to declaration.
  3. Voters will be informed of the event concerned.
  4. Each voter will have one vote, subject to the client’s rules, regulations or constitution.
  5. Voters will be provided with a reasonable opportunity to vote.
  6. There will be provision for the appointment of scrutineers.
  7. The names on the roll of voters are only available for viewing by candidates and scrutineers under AEC supervision.
  8. The ballot material will be retained by the AEC until the close of the period for challenging the ballot.

The AEC conducts elections and ballots either by attendance or post and cover a range of votes including workplace agreement ballots, elections and polls (yes/no ballots).

Clients for whom the AEC has conducted elections and ballots include private and public sector organisations, employer and industry associations, unions and clubs. The AEC will not accept an election or ballot if there is insufficient capacity to perform the services.

Why use the AEC for your election or ballot?

The AEC is an independent provider of election services. The AEC has proven experience and skill in elections and ballots. Our reputation means you can trust the results because all AEC elections are run with complete integrity and professionalism.

What are the costs involved?

The cost of the election or ballot will vary according to whether they are conducted by:

  • attendance or post
  • the number of electors
  • the complexity of the election or ballot (interpretation of organisational rules)
  • the complexity of the voting system (i.e. yes/no, first past the post, preferential)
  • the number of voting locations
  • the times that polling will occur.

How do I find out more?

To obtain a quote or for further information contact us at conductmyelection@aec.gov.au

Please note, before issuing a possible quote, the AEC will require advance notice of any election or ballot commencing to review relevant legislation, organisational rules and any documentation relating to the election or ballot.

The amount of advanced notice required by the AEC will vary depending on the size and complexity of the request.

The AEC recommends contacting us well in advance of any election or ballot commencing to enable the AEC to conduct a review and provide a possible quote. The AEC will not be able to deal with any requests where initial contact is made less than two weeks before the commencement time for the election/ballot. The commencement time may be the notification date for the election/ballot, the final date for members to register to vote, or the opening of nominations depending on the nature of the election/ballot.

Commercial elections portal

The AEC is introducing a portal for organisations to enable you to electronically submit data and documents relating to any commercial election being conducted by the AEC.