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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 now.

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Thank you to our temporary referendum workforce

Australia’s first referendum in almost a quarter of a century was an enormous operational and logistical undertaking, requiring a temporary workforce of up to 100,000 staff.

Members of the community from around the country put up their hand to work in a range of paid roles, including officer-in-charge of a polling place, polling official, and as one of many counting staff. Without this dedicated and committed workforce it would not have been possible to successfully deliver this event, where more Australians voted than in any other electoral event in our history.

Congratulations on ensuring people could have their say and thank you for working with the AEC.

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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 will be published on the Transparency Register on Thursday 1 February 2024. That publication of financial disclosure information will not relate to the 2023 referendum – referendum returns are a separate publication that will occur on 1 April 2024.

These dates, and requirements, are legislated.

What's happening

2023 referendum

Key statistics, information and results from the 2023 referendum.

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?

Find your role at the AEC

Work at a federal election

Every federal election and referendum we need around 100,000 temporary staff. Earn money and get a valuable experience.

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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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