Australian Electoral Commission

Referendums

Updated: 4 August 2013

What is a referendum?

A referendum is a vote of the Australian people on measures proposed or passed by the Australian Parliament. There are a number of different types of referendums that can be held – the most common is a Constitutional referendum.

Any proposed change to the Australian Constitution must be put to a vote of all Australian voters in a referendum.

How to enrol to vote in a referendum

If you are an Australian citizen aged 18 years or older, you are required by law to enrol and vote in referendums and federal elections.

You can find out more about enrolment, or check your existing enrolment on this website.