Australian Electoral Commission

Why have I received a letter from the AEC?

Updated: 20 November 2012

The AEC will write to you if we receive information that you:

  • are not currently enrolled to vote, or
  • have moved but not updated your enrolment details.

We may also write to you to check that everyone at your address is correctly enrolled.

In Australia, it is compulsory for Australian citizens aged 18 and over to enrol to vote. If you don't update your enrolment details, you may be removed from the electoral roll and unable to vote.

I need to enrol or update my address

If you receive a letter advising you to enrol or update your address, you can:

Alternatively, you can fill in the form on the back of your letter and return it to the AEC or pick up an enrolment form at any Australia Post, Medicare, Centrelink or AEC office.

The AEC will confirm your enrolment within three weeks and may contact you to request further information.

I am being enrolled, or my address is being updated, based on information from another government agency

You may receive a letter advising you that the AEC intends to enrol you, or update your address, using information from another government agency. You do not need to respond to the letter if your details are correct.

More details about how this works are available here:

If you are a relative of a person with a condition that prevents them from understanding the nature and significance of enrolling and voting, please contact the AEC. If you have any other special needs, you can find out about special enrolment options.

I still have questions

If you have other questions about your enrolment, these links may help you: