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.
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.
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).
To mark the 50th anniversary of Indigenous Australians winning the right to vote in federal elections, the AEC conducted the first ever National Indigenous Youth Parliament (NIYP) in May 2012 to support the development of future Indigenous leaders and to promote electoral participation by young people.
The NIYP provided expert training for 52 participants in how government works, how laws are made, in public speaking and in dealing with the media. The culmination was a mock Parliament at the Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House) in Canberra where participants debated bills addressing issues faced by young Indigenous Australians and their communities. The AEC is currently considering plans for a second Youth Parliament in May/June 2014.
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.
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.