Australian Electoral Commission

General Postal Voters

Updated: 29 January 2014
Forms available on this page may be completed on screen prior to printing, signing and returning to the AEC.

Can I register to be a general postal voter?

You can register to become a general postal voter if you are:

  • enrolled at an address more than 20 km away from a polling place
  • a patient at a hospital or nursing home and unable to travel to a polling place
  • unable to travel due to being infirm at home
  • caring for a seriously ill or infirm person
  • serving a prison sentence of less than 3 years
  • registered as a silent elector
  • unable to attend a polling place due to religious beliefs
  • unable to sign your name due to a physical incapacity
  • registered as an overseas elector
  • a member of the defence force, or a defence civilian serving outside Australia
  • an Australian Federal Police officer or staff member serving outside Australia.

Once you are registered as a general postal voter, you will automatically receive your ballot papers in the mail after an election has been announced. You do not need to re-apply for future elections.

How do I apply to be a general postal voter?

You will need to:

If you are not already enrolled at your current residential address, you will need to enrol to vote or change your address.

If you are unsure contact your local AEC office for further information.

I've changed my details, should I apply again?

Every time you change your address or change your name you need to update your details on the electoral roll. There is no need to reapply to be a general postal voter if one of the circumstances listed above still apply to you.

Will I be registered for state and local government elections?

When you register to be a general postal voter using the forms below, you can also apply to receive ballot papers for state and local government elections. Refer to the form for your state or territory for more details.

General postal voter forms

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