Media services

Updated: 25 November 2014

AEC media centre

The media centre provides:

  • media releases, including a link to archives of previous media releases
  • key facts and figures, including voting and enrolment statistics
  • AEC fact sheets and other publications
  • a media image gallery
  • links to the AEC's social media accounts, and
  • a range of further media resources.

Media releases

The AEC will be distributing media releases throughout the election period with information for the public and media. This will also include some advisories and media opportunities for images, footage and AEC comment.

Election statistics

A range of statistics will be made available on the AEC website during the election period. These statistics will include:

  • progressive figures for the number of early (pre-poll) votes issued
  • progressive figures for the number of postal vote application forms processed, and
  • daily enrolment counts during the close of rolls period.

Media services on election day

Should any media representatives wish to gain access to a polling place on election day they will need to obtain prior permission from the AEC and be fully across the AEC guidelines.

Media seeking access to a polling place on the day without prior AEC permission will not be admitted.

Results

The AEC's official results centre, the Virtual Tally Room (VTR), enables you to follow vote counting on election night and progressive results until the final outcome is declared.

The VTR can be accessed on election night from 6pm and pages are updated as results from individual polling places are entered into AEC systems.

Counts conducted in polling places on election night provide indicative results only. As counting continues in the weeks following election night updates will be made to the VTR as results become available.

Senate election results

In a Senate election, a candidate is elected if they receive a 'quota' of votes.

All Senate first preference votes must be counted in order to determine the quota. The quota cannot be determined until after all normal ballot paper re-checks are completed and the final day for receipt of postal votes has passed, which is 13 days after election day.

The quota is calculated by dividing the total number of formal ballot papers by one more than the number of Senators to be elected (6 + 1) and then adding '1' to the result (ignoring any remainder).

Once the quota has been determined, the distribution of preferences can occur and the successful candidates decided. Results of senate elections are usually known approximately four to five weeks after election day.

Media feed

Results will also be available to the media via the AEC's media feed service which operates in parallel to the VTR. This service specifically provides a data feed to the media wishing to publish in their preferred format.

Media contacts

Media services on election day: access to polling places

Access to polling places

Any member of the media (including camera crews and photographers) wanting to take footage of voting or counting at a polling place (including an early voting centre or accompanying a mobile polling team) must obtain the prior permission of the AEC.

The AEC's permission must be sought by contacting the relevant AEC media liaison officer in the state/territory in which access is sought (contact details are listed at the bottom of this document). The media liaison officer will discuss your requirements, including if there is a particular electorate or polling place that you wish to cover.

Please note, media turning up at a polling place without obtaining prior permission may be refused entry. Media failing to follow the AEC's guidelines at the polling place may be asked to leave.

Guidelines for media coverage in polling places

To ensure the efficient conduct of both the voting and counting (scrutiny), permission granted by the AEC is conditional on the media complying with the following rules at the polling place.

  1. The operation of the polling place must be allowed to continue without disruption or any inconvenience to voters or polling officials.
  2. At all times, the media (including any accompanying film crew) will be under the direction of the Officer in Charge of the particular polling place. On arrival the media are to announce their arrival to the Officer.
  3. Any filming of a person voting must ensure that none of the voter's ballot paper selections can be identified.
  4. The media must not touch any ballot papers or interfere with the operation of the voting or the count. Particular scenes or results cannot be 'recreated' for better effect.
  5. Ballot papers and other AEC materials must not be removed from the polling place.
  6. The rights of voters, polling officials and other members of the public in the polling place who do not want to be filmed must be respected.
  7. The rights of scrutineers (candidate representatives), who will want to observe the count closely, must be respected. For example, as they stand behind polling officials to observe the count, they may not want to move so that a better shot of the scrutiny can be obtained.
  8. The media may film aspects of the voting (i.e. before 6pm) and the scrutiny (i.e. after 6pm).

Please note, if the above rules are not complied with, the Officer in Charge will ask the media to leave the polling place.