Postal voting allows voters to receive their ballot papers through the mail.
In order to receive a postal vote, voters must either be registered as a General Postal Voter or apply to receive a postal vote (online or via a paper application form) once an election has been announced.
The AEC’s preferred method for voters to apply for a postal vote is via the AEC’s online form. Promoting this method ensures that the AEC can receive and process the voter’s application in a timely manner, ensuring that the AEC is aware of their intention to vote through the post from the time the application is lodged.
Political parties and candidates are allowed to distribute their own materials with AEC postal voting application (PVA) artwork; however, it must be produced in-line with legislative requirements in the format specified by AEC guidelines.
Political parties must email Voter Services to obtain a copy of the approved PVA artwork.
This information is for federal election purposes only. There are differences between state and federal postal voting legislation, and you are responsible for ensuring you and your staff are aware of federal legislation and act in accordance with it.
If you wish to distribute postal voting application forms during a federal election, then it is important to:
Postal vote applications must be received by the AEC (or our provider, Computershare) by 6pm (local time) on the Wednesday before election day.
However, it is highly preferred that applications be received earlier. Any applications received after this deadline will be deemed to have been received too late and the AEC will attempt to inform voters of alternative voting options.