Each election there is an enrolment deadline that occurs approximately a week after an election is announced. If you are not correctly enrolled by this deadline, you may not be able to vote.
To be eligible to enrol to vote from overseas, you must be:
If you are overseas and intending to return to Australia within six years, you can register as an overseas elector. If you are already enrolled, you can register up to three months before, or within three years after, you leave Australia.
If you are not already enrolled, and have been overseas for less than three years, you must first enrol to vote.
If you are going overseas for a short period of time and plan to return to your address in Australia you can still enrol and vote.
If you are already enrolled, complete and submit an overseas notification form. This form provides you with the option to keep your details on the electoral roll so you will be able to vote in federal elections while overseas.
If you are moving overseas indefinitely your name will be removed from the electoral roll and you will not be able to vote in any federal elections held while you are overseas.
Should you return to Australia to live permanently, you may re-enrol after you have been at your residential address for a minimum of one month.
If you are moving overseas indefinitely, and do not intend to return to Australia, please complete and submit an overseas notification form.
If you are the child of a person who is registered as an overseas elector you can enrol and vote in federal elections if you:
You cannot enrol with an overseas address. You must enrol in the electoral division you were entitled to enrol in before you left Australia.