Threats to our democracy through malicious cyber activity, physical means, electoral fraud, foreign interference or disinformation are a matter of concern for every Australian.
The Electoral Integrity Assurance Taskforce comprises of federal government agencies that provide guidance and expertise on this broad range of issues within the Australian electoral environment.
The Taskforce was first in place for the federal by-elections held in 2018 and then the full federal election on 18 May 2019. The Taskforce continues to support the Australian Electoral Commission and other Australian electoral management bodies.
The Taskforce comprises the following agencies:
The Taskforce is also supported, as needed, by the national intelligence community.
Electoral laws require electoral communication to be authorised. The key objective of the authorisation requirements is to allow voters to know who is communicating about an electoral matter.
Each election the AEC runs an advertising campaign branded ‘Stop and Consider’ encouraging voters to check the source of the material they see or hear.
The Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme strengthens the integrity of our democracy and elections by providing transparency to the public about the nature, level and extent of foreign influence on Australia's government and political process.
A person is required to register under the scheme where all of the following circumstances apply.
No exemptions apply.
In addition, if a person is communicating information or material to the public or a group with a view to influencing their views – for example in relation to an election – and does this on behalf of a foreign principal, then their communication must include a disclosure about the identity of the foreign principal.
During the federal election period, activities must be registered within seven days. Registrations can be viewed on the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Public Register.
The AEC works closely with Australian security and law enforcement agencies to protect the security of all operational aspects of the electoral process, including the physical security of voters and increasingly – like overseas electoral bodies – cyber security.
The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), through the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), is supporting proactive measures to improve and maintain the cyber security of electoral systems. Any cyber security threats should be reported to the ACSC on:
The National Security website is the Australian Government's portal on national security issues. National Security Hotline:
If it is an emergency call 000 (triple zero).