Australian Electoral Commission

Indigenous Australians

Updated: 11 March 2014
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National Indigenous Youth Parliament

NIYP 2014 is a week-long leadership program for young Indigenous Australians, to be held in Canberra from 28 May to 3 June 2014.

NIYP will provide expert training in how government works, how laws are made, public speaking and dealing with the media. The centrepiece will be a two-day simulated parliament in the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, where participants will debate bills and issues of importance to their communities.

Applications for NIYP 2014 have closed.

Enrolment and voting

Indigenous Australians are much less likely to enrol to vote than other Australians. Many of those who are enrolled do not vote or vote incorrectly. Make sure you get a say in your future and in the future of your community.

Enrol today so you're ready to vote for future federal, state and local government elections.

Watch our videos on enrolment and voting for more details on why it's important to enrol and vote and how to make your vote count.

Indigenous Electoral Participation Program (IEPP)

The AEC established the Indigenous Electoral Participation Program (IEPP) in 2010 to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage in electoral participation. The IEPP operates from each state and territory capital city and at the AEC's national office in Canberra.

Education and resources

The IEPP offers a range of videos, products and resources for schools, community groups and individuals. Contact us to request educational or information sessions (based on availability).

AEC's Reconciliation Action Plan

In 2012, the AEC launched its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2012–2014. The RAP has an internal focus of supporting our staff to gain an understanding, demonstrate a commitment and develop engagement skills to ensure the AEC is able to deliver electoral services in a manner that takes into account the needs and aspirations of Indigenous Australians wherever possible.

An important priority for the AEC is the attraction and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and building a respectful, inclusive workplace culture.

Contact us

For more information on enrolment and voting, you can contact the AEC.

You can also contact an AEC Indigenous and Community Engagement Officer in your state/territory or national office.