Social Media – Terms & conditions

The VEC's use of social media is intended to increase public awareness of electoral events, as well as helping people learn about and discuss elections, polls, reviews, redivisions and the democratic process in Victoria.

As we are an independent and impartial statutory authority, the following terms and conditions have been provided to ensure that engaging with social media does not affect our ability to administer elections or fulfill our other roles.

Our Facebook page, Twitter feed and YouTube channel are monitored between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm Monday to Friday, with extended hours as necessary during elections.

Facebook

The VEC's Facebook page has been created to provide electoral information as well as to respond to enquiries and questions.

We have established five simple rules for posting:

  1. Please don't post about politics. As the organisation that conducts State, local and some commercial elections and polls in Victoria, we do not comment on candidates, parties or policies. To make sure our Facebook page does not influence or prejudice any election, we can't allow posts that appear to preference a candidate or party.
  2. Please be respectful, and consider other points of view when posting. We can't allow content or links to content that could be considered offensive, defamatory, obscene, threatening, or otherwise not appropriate for an audience of all ages.
  3. Please don't post any of your own or anyone else's personal information. If you need to enrol or check your electoral enrolment, visit vec.vic.gov.au or call 131 832 and one of our helpful staff will assist you confidentially.
  4. Please keep posts relevant to the VEC, or the services the VEC provides. This page exists so that people can discuss and learn about the democratic process.
  5. Please don't spam or try and advertise on our page. Multiple, duplicated or repetitive posts do not educate or further the democratic debate.

All feedback (either positive or negative) is helpful to us. We will do our best to respond directly to as many posts as possible.

While we support lively, open discussion, we reserve the right to delete any comments that don't comply with our rules, or which are otherwise deemed inappropriate. Any users who repeatedly break these rules may be blocked.

We may choose to follow organisations or individuals that are relevant to the VEC or the Australian electoral sector. Being followed by the VEC does not imply endorsement of any kind.

The VEC will regularly archive this feed for the purposes of future analysis and to comply with public record capture requirements.

Posts and content attributed to the VEC are authorised by W. Gately, AM, Electoral Commissioner, 530 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria.

Twitter

The VEC’s Twitter feed has been created to provide electoral information as well as to respond to enquiries and questions.

We would appreciate it if you could follow five simple rules when posting to us:

  1. Please don't post about politics. As the organisation that conducts State, local and some commercial elections and polls in Victoria, we do not comment on candidates, parties or policies.
  2. Please be respectful, and consider other points of view when posting. We won't respond to content or links to content that could be considered offensive, defamatory, obscene, threatening, or otherwise not appropriate for an audience of all ages.
  3. Please don't post any of your own or anyone else's personal information. If you need to enrol or check your electoral enrolment, visit vec.vic.gov.au or call 131 832 and one of our helpful staff will assist you confidentially.
  4. 4. Please keep posts relevant to the VEC, or the services the VEC provides. This Twitter feed exists so that people can discuss and learn about the democratic process.
  5. Please don't spam or try and advertise through our Twitter feed. Multiple, duplicated or repetitive posts do not educate or further the democratic debate.

All feedback (either positive or negative) is helpful to us. We will do our best to respond directly to as many posts as possible.

While we support lively, open discussion, we reserve the right to block any users who don't comply with our rules, or who are otherwise deemed to be behaving inappropriately.

We may choose to follow organisations or individuals that are relevant to the VEC or the Australian electoral sector. Being followed by the VEC does not imply endorsement of any kind.

The VEC will regularly archive this feed for the purposes of future analysis and to comply with public records capture requirements.

All posts attributed to the VEC are authorised by W. Gately, AM, Electoral Commissioner, 530 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria.

YouTube

The VEC’s YouTube channel has been created only to provide electoral information.

It is maintained so that video content is available for viewing and embedding in other websites, however, comments and responses have been turned off.

To discuss or comment on any of the videos listed on the channel, please use our Facebook page or Twitter feed. These services are covered by equivalent terms and conditions.

We may choose to subscribe to other YouTube channels that are relevant to the VEC or the Australian electoral sector. If the VEC subscribes to another channel, this does not imply endorsement of any kind.

All video content posted by the VEC is authorised by W. Gately, AM, Electoral Commissioner, 530 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria unless stated otherwise.