Postal voting

If you are unable to get to a polling place on Saturday, 2 March for the 2024 Dunkley by-election, you are eligible to apply to vote by post.

Submitting your ballot papers

Ballot papers must be completed and witnessed on or before by-election day and posted back to the AEC as soon as possible.

You have only 13 days after the by-election for your ballot papers to be received by the AEC.

In accordance with s.193 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, an authorised witness for postal voting may be:

  • An elector whose name appears on the Electoral Roll
  • Outside Australia, the following persons are authorised witnesses:
    • an officer of the Defence Force or of the naval, military or air forces of a Commonwealth country,
    • a person appointed or engaged under the Public Service Act 1999,
    • a member of the civil or public service of a State or Territory or of a Commonwealth country,
    • a Justice of the Peace for a State or Territory or a Commonwealth country,
    • a minister of religion or medical practitioner resident in a State or Territory or a Commonwealth country,
    • an Australian citizen.

A person who is a candidate for the 2024 by-election cannot be an authorised witness.

If you are a registered general postal voter, you will automatically receive a postal vote pack in the mail.

If you are registered as a silent elector, and you are not a general postal voter, you can complete a postal vote application or vote in person at an early voting centre or on by-election day.

If you are a registered general postal voter, you will automatically receive a postal vote pack via DHL.

If you are a registered overseas elector, and you are not a general postal voter, you can complete a postal vote application. You will receive a postal vote pack via DHL.

If you are outside Australia, other acceptable witnesses include:

  • an officer of the Defence Force or of the naval, military or air forces of a Commonwealth country,
  • a person appointed or engaged under the Public Service Act 1999,
  • a member of the civil or public service of a State or Territory or of a Commonwealth country,
  • a Justice of the Peace for a State or Territory or a Commonwealth country,
  • a minister of religion or medical practitioner resident in a State or Territory or a Commonwealth country,
  • an Australian citizen

If you are overseas and unable to find a witness, please follow the instructions outlined in your 'How to complete your overseas postal vote' pamphlet.

You can upload your supporting documentation at aec.gov.au/pvc.

Updated: 8 February 2024