Bennelong by-election - provisional new citizens

Updated: 20 November 2017

There are special arrangements in place for people who will become Australian citizens after the announcement of the Bennelong by-election that allows them to become provisional electors.

These arrangements only apply to people who will become Australian citizens who are living in the division of Bennelong.

You are eligible to apply for provisional enrolment if you:

  • have been notified by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection that you will become an Australian citizen between the date of the issue of the writ for the election, Monday 13 November 2017, and election day, Saturday 16 December 2017.
  • are not enrolled, and
  • are not qualified for enrolment, but would be if you were an Australian citizen.

How do I vote on election day?

Because your citizenship had not been confirmed at the time the Bennelong by-election was announced, your name will not be on the electoral roll when you go to vote at the polling place on election day.

You will be issued a provisional vote and will be required to complete a declaration vote envelope in which to lodge your ballot papers.

However, your vote will not be counted until you have shown evidence of your Australian citizenship to the AEC. You can do this at the polling place by showing your citizenship certificate to a polling official.

If you don’t show evidence of your citizenship at the polling place, you must do so by Friday 22 December 2017, at any AEC office.

If you do not provide evidence of your citizenship by this day, your vote will not be counted and your provisional enrolment will be cancelled. You will then need to complete an ordinary enrolment application so your name is included on future electoral rolls.

Remember, once you become an Australian citizen it is compulsory to enrol and vote. Every time you move, you will need to fill out a new enrolment application.