Your official guide to the 2022 federal election


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Your official guide to the 2022 federal election
Part 1 - Introduction
A federal election will be held on Saturday 21 May 2022.
A federal election is held so Australians can choose members of parliament to represent their views and interests in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Your vote will help shape Australia.
Enrolling and voting in federal elections 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.
This guide has been created to provide assistance to Australian voters who live with disability or mobility restrictions.
If you have a disability and need assistance to vote, this is available at each polling place. Staff working at polling places have been trained to assist you.
If you are unable to go to a polling place, you may be able to vote by post. There is more information on voting by post in Part 3 of this guide.

If you are blind or have low vision, you may be able to vote by telephone. There is more information on telephone voting in Part 3 and 4 of this guide.
Message from the Electoral Commissioner
The AEC has developed this guide to help you plan for your vote at this federal election. The guide details how to vote correctly, what help is available at the polling place, frequently asked questions and tips on how to check information sources.
We will have polling places open across the country on election day, as well as other voting options to support all communities to have their say.
You can be confident that: • we’re delivering an electoral process with integrity, securing your vote at every step of the process – from the printing to the counting of your ballot papers • your health and safety, and that of our electoral staff, is a priority, and a range of COVID-19 safety measures will be in place.
The robust exchange of ideas is a part of election campaigning, and I encourage you to carefully consider all information you receive, but particularly anything that questions our well-established electoral process. Ask yourself if it’s from a recognisable and reliable source. If the answer is no, my suggestion is to be cautious.
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Visit aec.gov.au for more information on how you can have your say at this election. Tom Rogers Electoral Commissioner
The 2022 federal election
At the 2022 federal election there will be: • More than 96% on the electoral roll • 7000+ polling places • 500+ early voting centres • Up to 100,000 temporary election workers
Stop and consider
Check the source this federal election During the election period a large amount of information is distributed, which seeks to influence your vote. This is a vital part of the democratic process. It gives candidates, political parties and others a way to communicate their policies and beliefs with voters. However, some information may be deliberately false or misleading.
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It’s important you carefully consider information about the federal election. Take the time to consider whether the information is:
• from a reliable or recognisable source • current • safe (not a scam). This is particularly important when on social media and online. Go to aec.gov.au/stopandconsider for more information and short videos with helpful tips.
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Part 2 – What you can do to plan before you vote?
What electoral division am I in?
You can check which division you live in at aec.gov.au/electorate
If you live in Western Australia or Victoria, the name or boundaries of your electoral division may have changed since the last federal election as a result of a redistribution. You may need to vote in a different division, or your usual polling place may be in a different division.
If you are not sure of your enrolment details, you can check them online at aec.gov.au/check, or by calling the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) on 13 23 26.
List of candidates
The lists of candidates contesting the federal election are now available at aec.gov.au/election/candidates.htm
You can listen to the list of candidates online at aec.gov.au by using the Read Speaker application available on the AEC’s website, which can read the content aloud.
You can also save content from the AEC’s website, including the list of candidates, as an MP3 file by using this application.
You can also request a copy of a list of candidates to be sent to you in an audio, e-text, large print or braille format by calling the AEC on 13 23 26.
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Keeping yourself safe.
You can take measures to keep yourself and others safe while voting.
BE COVID SAFE
COVID-19 symptoms? Thanks for not attending a polling place.
If unwell, you may be eligible to apply for a postal vote. You can apply online at aec.gov.au/pva until Wednesday 18 May 2022. Go to Part 3 of this guide for further detail.
Do your research on candidates and preferences before attending.
Avoid socialising and spending extra time at or around polling places.
Visit aec.gov.au/covid-safety for the latest updates and advice.
COVID-19 safety measures in place
Stay at home if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.
There may be a limit to the number of voters inside a polling place at any one time. You may be asked to queue outside.
Keep 1.5 metres from others outside and inside, and in the polling place follow the floor markers as a guide.
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Check in using the QR code or manually if required. Comply with the mask requirements in your area. Cover your coughs and sneezes. Use the hand sanitiser provided. Voting booths and pencils will be regularly cleaned. Bring your own pen or pencil if you prefer, but don’t leave it behind. It’s important to follow your local, state or territory government COVID-19 health guidelines. Links to these guidelines are at aec.gov.au/covid-safety Information in this guide reflects circumstances at the time of printing. The AEC will continue to follow advice from federal and state authorities, and any updated measures will be at aec.gov.au
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Part 3 - What if I can’t make it on election day?
If you can’t make it to a polling place in your state or territory on election day, you may be eligible to vote early in person or by post.
How to vote early in person
If you are eligible, you can vote before election day. Early voting centres open from Monday 9 May 2022. Opening dates and times vary, so visit aec.gov.au/where to check the details for each early voting centre.
Accessibility of early voting centres and polling places
Each early voting centre is given an accessibility rating to assist people with disability or mobility restrictions. You can check the accessibility rating and details of polling places online at aec.gov.au/where You can click on the rating listed against each polling place to find out more about its specific accessibility features.
For more information on early voting and to check if you’re eligible, visit aec.gov.au/voting or call 13 23 26.
How to vote early by post
If you’re unable to travel to a polling place to vote, you can apply for a postal vote online after the election has been
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announced. Postal voting is available to eligible voters. Check your eligibility and apply online at aec.gov.au/pva
Application forms are also available from AEC offices. To find your closest AEC office, go online to aec.gov.au/contact or call the AEC on 13 23 26.
To complete a postal vote, you may choose an assistant (such as a friend or family member) to help complete the ballot papers and envelope according to your instruction. You must sign the envelope or make a mark as a signature.
Complete and send your application as soon as possible so it reaches the AEC by no later than 6pm Wednesday 18 May 2022.
Please call 13 23 26 if you don’t have online access and want to apply for a postal vote.
If you have a mobility restriction or disability, you may also be eligible to become a general postal voter and receive ballot papers in the mail for each federal election.
Telephone voting
Voters who are blind or have low vision can cast a vote by telephone from any location by calling 1800 913 993.
Telephone voting is a simple two-step process which is fully explained in Part 4 of this guide.
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Mobile voting teams
If you live in a remote area, or are in a select aged care facility, a mobile voting team may come to your area. For more information, go online to aec.gov.au/where or call the AEC on 13 23 26 to find out where mobile voting teams will be visiting.
Voting from overseas
If you are currently overseas, you may vote at an Australian overseas voting centre if there is one nearby. We recommend you apply for a postal vote as early as possible to ensure you get the opportunity to vote. For more information, go online to aec.gov.au/overseas or call the AEC on +61 2 6160 2600.
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Your official guide to the 2022 federal election