The Act, when describing offences uses different terms in different sections. In this Backgrounder definitions for these various terms are:
This section of the Backgrounder provides introductory information in relation to offences can be found in the Electoral Act.
|18 September 2023||Update text to include polling place offences under the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984.|
|11 May 2023||Update text relating to s 101 of the Electoral Act for accuracy.|
|8 April 2022||Offences categorised by offender in order to provide clarity.|
|23 February 2022||
To address amendments to Part XXI of the Electoral Act by the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Foreign Influences and Offences) Act 2022 and add further clarity to the offences.
29 September 2021
To address amendments to s 218 of the Electoral Act by the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Counting, Scrutiny and Operational Efficiencies) Act 2021 to include an obligation for scrutineers to maintain secrecy in relation to results or possible results indicated by sorting before the close of poll.
To address amendments to Part XXI of the Electoral Act by the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Offences and Preventing Multiple Voting) Bill 2021 to: