2018 Wentworth by-election

Updated: 18 September 2018

Saturday 20 October 2018

The Wentworth by-election will be held on Saturday 20 October 2018.

The by-election is for voters enrolled in the electoral Division of Wentworth in New South Wales.

If you are an Australian citizen aged 18 years or older and live in the electoral Division of Wentworth, it is compulsory to enrol and vote in the by-election.

Not sure if you are enrolled? Check your enrolment details online.

You can enrol online or if you’re already on the roll but recently moved you will need to update your enrolment details online.

Alternatively, you can pick up an enrolment application at any AEC office or any Australia Post outlet.

The AEC must receive your completed enrolment application before 8pm AEST Monday 24 September 2018.

You can vote at any polling place in the electoral Division of Wentworth on by-election day.

A list of polling places will be available shortly.

If you can't make it on by-election day, you may be entitled to vote early.

Voting is compulsory. If you do not vote and do not have a valid reason for failing to vote, you will be fined.

A list of polling places will be available shortly.


There will be no overseas voting centres.

Who you vote for is your decision. Outside the polling place, candidate representatives may give you how-to-vote cards, suggesting you vote in a particular way. You do not have to follow how-to-vote cards.

A list of candidates will be available shortly.

More information

Key dates (all times in AEST)
Issue of writ Monday 17 September 2018
Close of rolls 8pm Monday 24 September 2018
Close of nominations 12 midday Thursday 27 September 2018
Declaration of nominations 12 midday Friday 28 September
Start of early voting Tuesday 2 October 2018
By-election day Saturday 20 October 2018
Return of writs On or before Wednesday 26 December 2018
  1. In the polling place a polling official will ask you for your full name and address, and if you have voted before in this by-election. They will mark your name off the electoral roll.
  2. You will be given a green ballot paper for the Division of Wentworth in the House of Representatives. You should read the instructions on the ballot paper carefully.
  3. Complete your ballot paper. You must number every box to make your vote count.
  4. Once you have completed your ballot paper, fold it and place it in the ballot box provided.

Information is available in other languages for people from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Voting is compulsory for Australian citizens aged 18 years and over. If you don’t vote, you may be prosecuted. If you vote more than once it is a criminal offence.

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