Being correctly enrolled to vote is a key part of the democratic process. For people with specific needs or circumstances that make enrolling, or updating their enrolment difficult there are several special enrolment options available.
You can register as a general postal voter if you have difficulty getting to a voting centre on election day. To apply, you must:
More information about becoming a general postal voter is available here.
You may be able to register as an overseas elector if you:
If you believe that by having your address printed on the electoral roll your personal safety, or your family's safety, could be at risk you can enrol as a silent elector.
If you are experiencing homelessness or don't have access to safe and secure housing you can enrol as an elector with no fixed address. Download a form from this website or call 131 832 for more information.
The VEC also runs a community program called Homeless not Voteless which provides training to homelessness workers and helps people experiencing homelessness to enrol and vote.
You can enrol as an Antarctic elector for the period you are working at a station there. This category of enrolment is managed by the Australian Electoral Commission (external link).
If you are 17 years old, you can enrol provisionally. The advantage of enrolling provisionally is that you will be automatically enrolled when you turn 18. This means that you will be entitled to vote if you are 18 on election day, even if you turned 18 after the close of rolls for that election.
To enrol provisionally, you simply fill out the standard enrolment form (PDF 355kB).
A special enrolment form for people who are unable to sign their name due to physical incapacity is available on the forms page. This form allows another enrolled voter to sign on their behalf and also includes a medical certificate.
If you're serving a prison sentence in Victoria, and your sentence is under 5 years, you are still entitled to enrol and vote in State and local council elections. For more information, please see our brochure about enrolment and voting for prisoners (PDF 346kB, DOC 84kB)
If you are enrolled you must vote at each federal, state and local council election that is relevant to your home address. You may also be eligible to vote in local council elections if: