The AEC provides assistance for people living with disability to ensure they are not disadvantaged in the electoral system.
The AEC can assist you to enrol, vote and help you find more information. It is compulsory for all Australians to enrol and vote in federal elections and referendums.
The AEC website features the ReadSpeaker application which reads the content aloud. You can also save any content from the AEC’s website as an MP3 file. Click on the ‘Listen’ button to access the application.
If you are deaf or have hearing difficulties, you can contact the National Relay Service (NRS).
If you are unable to write and sign your name due to a physical disability, you may get someone else to complete an enrolment form for persons unable to sign their names on your behalf.
A list of polling places is made available shortly after an election is announced. Each polling place is given an accessibility rating to assist people with disabilities or mobility restrictions. These ratings are:
You can click on the rating listed against each polling place to find out more about its specific accessibility features.
If you need assistance to vote at a polling place, you can ask someone to help you. Polling place staff are trained to assist you or you can nominate any person (other than a candidate) to assist. This could be a friend, relative or another person. If you do not nominate someone, then the polling official in charge may provide assistance.
If you cannot get out of the car and the polling official in charge is satisfied that you cannot enter the polling place, someone may bring the ballot papers to you.
A voter with a disability or mobility restrictions may be eligible to become a general postal voter and receive ballot papers in the mail.
To complete a postal vote, the voter may choose an assistant (such as a friend or family member) to help complete the ballot papers and envelope according to the voter's instruction, but the voter must sign the envelope or make a mark as a signature.
The AEC provides mobile polling to some locations, including hospitals. These locations are available shortly after the election is announced.
Voters who are blind or have low vision can cast a vote in secret from any location, including their own homes. More details are provided shortly after an election is announced.
Shortly after the federal election is announced, a printed version of the official guide to the federal election will be delivered to Australian households. It will provide information on when and where to vote, assistance available at polling places and how to vote correctly.
The AEC will produce the guide in accessible formats, including braille, audio and large print. Some of the formats will be available from this webpage, or you can order one by contacting the AEC once the election is announced.
The lists of candidates for the federal election will be available once the candidates have been announced. Accessible formats, including braille, audio and large print will be available by contacting the AEC.
If your relative has dementia and is no longer capable of understanding enrolling and voting, you can complete a form to remove their name from the electoral roll.
This video contains information on enrolling and voting for federal elections and referendums. The video includes AUSLAN, a voiceover and plain English captions.