How To Change Your Address With The AEC
There are many who would agree that voting is both a civic duty and a privilege – and like most other aspects of your life during a move, you’ll need to let the relevant authorities know that you’re in a new location or have changed other details about yourself.
For when the voting season is on, you’ll need to make sure that all of your details are correct or risk not being able to partake.
Luckily, changing your address with the AEC is simple, so read our guide below and be ready for when election day comes around again.
After moving, you will be able to enrol at your new address on the condition that you have resided there for at least one calendar month. Other requirements include:
• You being an Australian citizen, or an eligible British subject (Information on eligibility.)
• You are over 18 years old. If you are 16 or 17, you can still enrol to be ready for when you turn 18
• You have lived at your current registered address for at least one month
What You’ll Need When Changing Your Address With The AEC
- A valid driver’s licence, or
- A valid Australian passport number, or
- Someone already enrolled who can confirm your identity.
Please note that proof of age cards are not accepted.
If you are under more unique circumstances and are looking for information on enrolment, you can find all the information on the official website for:
- People with disabilities
- Voters physically incapable of signing
- Norfolk Island electors
- Workers in Antarctica
- Silent electors
- General postal voters
- People with no fixed address, such as homeless, travellers or seasonal workers
- Long-term travellers within Australia who intend to return to their registered permanent address
- Residents going overseas or who are already overseas should not use the general form. You can find out more information here.
- Prisoners in the legal system
For all other information and to fill in your form, you can find the main page here at https://www.aec.gov.au/enrol/update-my-details.htm.
Checking Your Current Status
If you’re not sure where you stand on your details within the electoral enrolment, you can visit https://check.aec.gov.au/. Once you’re on the page, you’ll need to enter your current details, and if they are an exact match for what’s on the system, your status will be reported to you.
If for whatever reason you cannot confirm your status, this does not necessarily mean that you’re not on the system. It is recommended that you contact the AEC who will investigate further and confirm your details.
Please not that if you have recently updated or completed an enrolment form, it will take a few days for the AEC to receive and process the information before updating the electoral roll. If this applies to you, you can check the progress of your enrolment by entering the receipt number that you have been given.
The information above should give you everything you need to change your address with the AEC – but, of course individual circumstances can make things more complicated. If any of the details above do not apply to you and you have some questions, please get in direct contact with the AEC who will be able to advise you on your individual needs.
And, that’s it! If you run into any problems or have any questions, we suggest getting in touch with the AEC directly who’ll be able to help you.
Related Change of Address Articles
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- ATO Change Of Address Guide
- Post Office Change Of Address Guide
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