Elections and voting are fundamental to democracy. Elections enable you to choose your representatives in Parliament. You're given a choice of representatives, usually organised into political parties. You then vote for the candidate of your choice, based on the policies of the candidates or parties.
Am I Eligible to Vote?
If you are enrolled, then you are eligible to vote in Victorian State elections.
To be eligible to enrol to vote, you must be:
- 18 years of age and over
- An Australian citizen and
- Have a Victorian address
British subjects who were on the Commonwealth (i.e., Federal) or Victorian State electoral roll on 26 January 1984, who reside in Victoria and are enrolled to vote, are also eligible to vote in Victorian State elections.
Do I Have to Enrol?
Yes. If you are an Australian citizen aged 18 years or over and you have lived at your current address in Victoria for at least one month, you must be enrolled to vote.
What Happens if I Don't Vote?
If you don't vote and you are enrolled to vote or should be enrolled to vote, you may incur a fine (new window).
How Do I Enrol?
You can apply for enrolment when you turn 17, and this automatically enables you to vote when you turn 18.
You can enrol at any time by completing the form available on the Enrolment page of the VEC website (new window).
You can also pick up an enrolment form from any post office or call the VEC on 131 832 and they will mail you one.
Complete the enrolment form and have it witnessed by someone who is on the State and Federal electoral roll (e.g., someone from your family, a work colleague, your manager at work, a teacher...). Post it to the reply-paid address provided with the form.
At the time of a State election or by-election, you can also enrol in person at any election office up to the time that the roll closes, or at the VEC at Level 8, 505 Little Collins Street, Melbourne.
What if I Change My Address?
If you change your permanent address you must update your enrolment. You can change your enrolment by completing the VEC enrolment form (new window).
Am I Enrolled?
You can check whether you are enrolled by:
- Telephoning 13 18 32
- Checking online using the VEC's Enrolment Lookup form (new window)
How Do I Vote?
Go to your nearest voting centre (new window) on election day. They will be open from 8:00am until 6:00pm.
You can find out more about how to vote (new window) and the processes involved on the Victorian Electoral Commission website.
What if I Can't Vote?
There may be any number of reasons why you can't get to a voting centre on election day. You may be:
- Interstate or overseas
- In prison
- More than 8 km from the nearest voting centre
- Caring for a seriously ill or infirm person, or a pregnant woman and therefore unable to attend a voting centre, or
- Forbidden by your religion from going to a voting centre on a Saturday
If this is true for your situation, then there are a couple of ways you can vote before election day (new window), like early voting and postal voting.
Victorian Electoral Commission
Information about enrolment, voting and elections.