COVID-19 and voting

If you have recently been exposed to COVID-19, or are a close contact, please ensure you check the public health requirements in your state or territory before you visit your local polling place.

Voting in the election

The majority of voters will be able to cast their vote either in-person at an AEC voting centre or via post. Electoral laws do not provide for online voting.

We encourage everyone to plan their vote carefully. If you can’t make it to a polling place on election day, you may be eligible to:

Voting for COVID-19 positive people

If you have tested positive to COVID-19 after 6pm Tuesday 17 May, you can still apply for a postal vote until 6pm Wednesday 18 May, or you will be able to register for a secure telephone vote. More information on what to do will be available on this page when phone registration starts at 6.01pm Wednesday 18 May.

Safety measures

There will be a range of COVID-19 safety measures at polling places, which include the requirement for election staff to be vaccinated and to wear a face mask. There will also be things that we have become used to like physical distancing and using hand sanitiser. These may slow down the process, so please be kind to our polling staff.

At the polling place - Hygiene officers, Social distancing, Increased polling officials, Regular cleaning of voting centres, Check-in for contact tracing, Venue capacity limits- where required, Hand sanitiser, Venue capacity limits, Masks where required

Click on the image to view the safety measures in place at AEC voting venues.

Voting services will be open to enrolled Australians for the 2022 federal election, regardless of their vaccination status. In addition, the AEC will not be requiring proof of vaccination for political participants who are campaigning or scrutineering. We do not have the power to do so.

However, the AEC’s temporary election workers – our polling officials – will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.


While we’ll continue to engage with health authorities, mobile voting teams will likely not be able to visit all aged care facilities or hospitals given the higher COVID-19 risk in these settings.

During the election people in these facilities will be able to apply for a postal vote or visit a nearby in-person voting centre. The AEC will have teams in regular contact with relevant facilities to provide support.

Mobile voting in remote areas of Australia will continue wherever possible with COVID-19 safety measures in place. A limited number of other mobile voting teams will continue to provide services where voters are not able to get to a polling place and/or where postal voting is determined to be inadequate, such as those experiencing homelessness.

The option available to most Australians overseas will be to vote via post. While a small number of in-person overseas voting centres are available, these services will likely be dependent on the number of Australians in a particular country and the local COVID-19 environment.

All election participants are responsible for ensuring they comply with health directions when campaigning, especially outside of a voting centre or other high-traffic area.

While electoral laws do not regulate such behaviour, the AEC is communicating with registered political parties and candidates regarding their responsibilities.

COVID-19 safety measures will also be implemented in AEC offices, at declaration of candidate nomination events, for transport arrangements and during the count.

This will mean counting will take longer than usual. The anticipated increase in postal and other early votes will also affect the speed of the count.

Changes?

We will continue to consult closely with health authorities throughout the federal election. If any changes to voting services are required, we will communicate with voters as quickly and clearly as possible.

Further information

Updated: 14 May 2022