AEC Ranks #1 for APS Trust and Satisfaction

AEC ranks #1 for APS trust & satisfaction

The AEC was recently announced as #1 for both trust and satisfaction in the Australian Public Service Commission’s (APSC) 2023 survey. It is the result of years of hard work to improve and strengthen electoral processes and the implementation of the AEC’s Reputation Management System.

We’re very pleased with such a result of course, especially after a big year for the agency (2023 referendum, 2 by-elections, hundreds of industrial elections and much more). Unfortunately, along with the success of 2023, we also saw a significant change occur within the information ecosystem we operate in. The continued rise in the spread of mis and disinformation about the processes we deliver is dangerous and can undermine trust in Australia’s democracy.

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Redrawing electoral boundaries: Australia’s independent process

Redistributions occur to maintain 'one vote, one value’ as population changes. Set criteria, the transparency of each process and independent panels are all critical aspects.

The AEC is a secretariat. An independent Redistribution Committee releases a proposal before an expanded independent body determines final names and boundaries. Each process has several rounds of public input. All submissions are published with reports outlining reasons for every decision.

Redistributions are underway in NSW, VIC, WA & NT now.


Preferential voting

The preferential voting system used for the House of Representatives means that multiple counts of ballot papers occur to determine who has acquired an absolute majority of the total votes (more than 50% of formal votes). It is a similar process for the Senate however, each Senate contest will elect multiple representatives where multiple counts of ballot papers occur to determine which candidates have achieved the required quota of formal votes to be elected.

During the counting process, votes are transferred between candidates or parties according to the preferences marked by voters. In the House for example, if your first preference of candidate isn’t elected, your vote moves to your next preference and so on.

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What's happening

Financial disclosure

Financial disclosure returns are published after each federal election, by-election and referendum – as well as annually. Those returns provide information such as donations and expenditure from disclosure entities and others with an obligation.

Annual returns for the 2022-23 financial year were published on Thursday 1 February 2024 on the Transparency Register . The 2022-23 annual returns do not include 2023 referendum returns. In line with disclosure requirements, the publication of the 2023 referendum returns occurs 24 weeks after voting day – 1 April 2024

Disinformation register

August 2023

Referendum question

Claims that there’ll be two questions on the ballot paper are incorrect.


Yes/No pamphlet

Calls for AEC fact checking don’t account for the legislative requirements.

Aug 2022

Compulsory voting

Comparisons to the 2017 postal survey process aren’t correct.

Nov 2022


You do not need to enrol separately for the 2023 referendum.

Apr 2023

Referendum Disclosure

Jun 2022

2022 federal election in review

Mar 2022

Reporting misinformation

Mar 2022

Go ahead, ask us anything

Aug 2021

Electoral integrity

Apr 2022

Online voting

Sep 2022

What is a referendum?

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Answers to common questions

When can a referendum be held?

A referendum can be held at any time, it does not need to be held in conjunction with a federal election.

I am living or going overseas

To be eligible to enrol to vote from overseas, you must be an Australian citizen aged 18 years or older, and intend to return to Australia within six years.

How do I return my form to the AEC?

You can upload, fax, or post your signed form or letter to the AEC.

A relative has died. How do I remove their name from the roll?

You do not need to notify the AEC when a relative or friend has died as this information is provided to the AEC.

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