Recent and proposed changes to electoral laws

Updated: 22 November 2021

The following amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 recently passed through Parliament and commenced in September 2021:

These changes relate to party registration, electoral offences and some of the AEC’s operational processes at election time. The AEC has commenced work on implementing these changes and will provide further information progressively, and as swiftly as possible.

On 28 October 2021, the following bills were also introduced by the Government and are currently before Parliament:

These proposed changes relate to scrutiny of Senate elections, the holding of elections during emergencies, and voter identification.

For political parties

For further information, please see the party registration page, email fad@aec.gov.au or call us on 02 6271 4552.

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