Information for people with disability or mobility restrictions

Accessible voting options

Postal voting

If you are unable to travel to a polling place to vote for the Eden-Monaro by-election, you can apply for a postal vote.

A voter with a disability or mobility restrictions may also be eligible to become a general postal voter and receive ballot papers in the mail for each federal election.

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.

Telephone voting

Voters who are blind or have low vision can cast a vote in secret from any location, including their own homes.

Telephone voting is a simple two-step process and AEC voting assistants are available to assist you through the process.

Step 1: Call to register

Telephone voting registration is available on weekdays between 8.30am and 5.30pm AEST from Friday 12 June 2020 until Friday 3 July 2020. It is also available from 8am to 12pm AEST on Saturday 4 July 2020.

Calling 1800 913 993 and you will be asked questions to check your details on the electoral roll, and will be asked to choose a PIN. You will then receive a telephone voting registration number by your choice of an email, SMS, phone call or mail.

Step 2: Call to vote

Telephone voting is available on weekdays between 8.30am and 5.30pm AEST from  Monday 15 June 2020 until Friday 3 July 2020. It will be available from 8am to 6pm AEST on Saturday 4 July 2020.

Once you have received your registration number and chosen your PIN, you will need to call again to cast your vote by calling 1800 913 993.

When you call, you do not need to give your name as your telephone voting registration and PIN number will be used to mark you off the electoral roll.

An AEC voting assistant will record your vote. A second voting assistant will ensure your vote is recorded as you intended.

Your vote remains secret because the AEC voting assistant will not know your name or address.

Once your vote is complete, the voting assistant will place the ballot paper into a secure ballot box.

Polling place accessibility

The list of polling places will be available in the weeks leading up to by-election day.

Each polling place  is given an accessibility rating to assist people with disabilities or mobility restrictions. These ratings are:

  • wheelchair accessible
  • assisted wheelchair access, or
  • not wheelchair accessible.

You can click on the rating listed against each polling place to find out more about its specific accessibility features.

Assistance to vote at a polling place

If you need assistance to vote at a polling place, you can ask someone to help you.

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.

Accessible voting information

Official guide to the Eden-Monaro by-election

A printed version of the Official guide to the Eden-Monaro by-election will be delivered to households in the Division of Eden-Monaro. The guide is available on this page to download in accessible formats including audio, e-text and large print format.

Candidate list for the Eden-Monaro by-election

Accessible formats of the candidate list for the Eden-Monaro by-election are available to download below.

You can also order a copy of the Official guide to the Eden-Monaro by-election and the list of candidates to be sent to you in an accessible format including braille, audio or large print format by calling the AEC on 13 23 26.

Easy read guides

These guides explain how to enrol to vote and how to vote at a federal election.

The information in these guides is written in an easy to read way.

Pictures are used to explain some ideas.

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Updated: 12 June 2020
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